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Conservationists who were Important to Iowa: Louis H. Pammel

While Louis H. Pammel wasn’t born in Iowa, he became a huge part of Iowa history. Pammel was born in Wisconsin in 1862 where he stayed to attend the University of Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin. He trained under professors at Washington University, the…

New Community Relations Coordinator

When asked where she’s from, Daria Mather has a hard time answering that question. In third grade she moved from Des Moines, IA to Peoria, IL where she lived until coming back to Iowa for college at Simpson College in Indianola, IA. She always felt like she would end up back in Iowa. While attending…

How Do Chickadees Survive Winter?

The Black-capped Chickadee is one of the most common birds in the northern half of North American meaning you have probably seen one or many in your backyard. Since these birds are so common, you might have noticed they’re still around eating from birdfeeders. But shouldn’t they be migrating by now? Most birds have migrated…

Conservationists from Iowa: John F. Lacey

While we don’t have an animal ambassador named after John Lacey, he was still an important conservation figure who hailed from Iowa. Lacey was born in 1841 in West Virginia. It wasn’t until 1855 his family moved to Iowa. They settled on the Des Moines River near Oskaloosa, IA. Here he worked on the family…

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