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  • May is Great for Paddling, but Watch for Bridge Construction Hazards

    Please check the May Mid Mo Newsletter for info re two specific river locations which paddlers should avoid due to bridge construction, debris, and temporary dams. Iowa has a lot of bridges, and a lot of bridge projects in the works, by all levels of government. If in doubt, we suggest that you check your route by vehicle, or contact the appropriate county conservation office. If you learn of additional such situations, please forward them, and we will include the info in a future IWTA Newsletter.

    Reminder to fly our national flag:
    May 19 Armed Forces Day
    May 28 Memorial Day (half staff dawn until noon)

    A year from now, some of you will be griping about having to install a new boat registration decal, so make plans to get out there this season and get your money’s worth!

  • April Brings A Lot More Than Just Showers

    Our great blue heron arrived back in the neighborhood just before dark on the evening of March 23. He awkwardly fought the blustery winds, swooping close to our window before regaining control to reach the shelter of trees along the nearby creek. Within 24 hours, the ground was covered by over 8 inches of snow, with 40 mph gusts creating occasional drifts up to 2 feet. Do you think migrating birds are capable of experiencing regret? –your editor

    April is famous for its showers, and this month’s IWTA Newsletter is a veritable downpour of events and information. Iowa taxes are due this month, so keep the Chickadee Checkoff in mind. Free demo paddles, marsh paddles, and a refuge paddle are blooming, along with the  opportunity to “Cross the Delaware”. Event reschedules include the (now) Apr 12 Iowa DNR Free Outfitter Training and Apr 21-22 IWC Kayak Paddling Class. And watch your local media for Earth Day events the weekend of Apr 21-22.

    On the information side, check out a brief interesting video, a reopened AmeriCorps grant opportunity, outdoor photography items, Iowa Trails Summit progress, Voyageurs Canoe programming, Dragon Boat Racing schedule, Citizen Water Quality Scientists, a new paddleshop coming to Cedar Rapids, and more.