Wildlife Website Project Receives State Grant
Iowa Lakes Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), headquartered in Spencer, has received a Natural Resource Based Business Opportunities grant to continue their development of a regional watchable wildlife website. These grant funds are a special appropriation through the state legislature and are administered by the Iowa DNR. According to the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, watching wildlife ranks third out of 63 outdoor activities listed. This means that more than one million people in Iowa are interested in watching wildlife.
This new website promotes wildlife viewing and other outdoor recreation at local nature areas in a 13 county region of Northwest Iowa. The project is the result of efforts by staff members of the Iowa Lakes RC&D, and the Clay, O’Brien and Palo Alto County Conservation Boards. Other sponsors include Buena Vista, Cherokee, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Pocahontas, Sac and Sioux County Conservation Boards. The RC&D originally received a Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant to hire a web designer and write up descriptions of several areas in a pilot project. Bruce Morrison, of Hartley, is the web designer and also the photographer.
The public is being encouraged to look over the website at
www.watchablewildlifenwia.org and to keep up with the changes occurring on the site as more wildlife viewing areas are added to the site over the next year.