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Gazette Weekly News Magazine (Newspaper) - January 24, 1979, Cedar Rapids, Iowa news BULK RATE Postage Permit Cedar VOLUME NUMBER 11 CEDAR IOWA JANUARY 1979 What do Roger Staubach and Farrah FawcettMajors have in common See page Stamp funds will help to improve game cover By Jim Mayer Gozelte stall writer Sale of a wildlife reproduced from a painting by an Eastern lowan will raise million to buy nesting areas and feeding places for Iowa Just as duck hunters and trout fishermen have had to purchase special stamps to hunt and fish for their favorite this year Iowa game hunters and trap pers are required to buy a habitat The showing two quail in is in addition to the regular license and other existing stamps and Sportsmen and women have 30 days grace this month to hunt without the stamp because of delays in printing and delivering the stamps to license but the Iowa Conservation Commission reports the stamps will be required after This is the first time in Iowa such a stamp has been though several other states have used There were The estimated million that stamp sales are ex pected to raise in the state will be shared with county conservation boards tor acquisition of land to supply wildlife habitat and to encourage private owners to plant marginal land with trees and plants that will provide shelter for birds and The stamp measures iy3 x carries a price of and the words Iowa Conservation Commis Wildlife Habitat Expires and is done in tones of brown and green on a light blue Winning artist Bettendorf Pat won the design con test the state held last year for the and also took second place with a painting of pheasants feeding along a fence row in the Twentyone artists submitted 31 designs Costellos winning entry shows two quail in flight near a redden ing sumac As a Costello receives no money from the but game stamp artists usually can count on brisk sales to wildlife art collectors of signed and numbered prints of the Costello said a limited edition of of both the firstand secondplace have been Costello has been involved with painting since he was a youngster in For 19 years he was a commerical In 1974 he left a position with the Quad City Times to become a fulltime Dwindling habitat Costello says he often has the on his sketching and painting field to see the effect dwindling habitat has oh Its said that every year in this country we destroy acres a Habitat means water and shel ter wildlife must have to he Costello frequently lectures on wildlife art and al ways accompanies his talks with a plea to preserve the habitat and save the dwindling He is especially interested in making young persons aware of the problems and He is currently restoring a grist mill at the east edge of Maquoketa which he plans to convert into an art It is in a beautiful he told The I can walk out the back door into 400 acres of timber along the Restoration is a big he The floor was rotted the basement had filled in with mud and manure livestock had been housed in the mill and we had to use bridge timbers from an abandoned railroad for support beams under the he He is shooting for a summer opening Required this year The Conservation Commission says the wildlife habitat stamp is required for resident and nonresident hunters and trappers age 16 through Residents per manently under age 16 or over age 65 are exempt from purchasing the Stamps may be purchased from county conservation officers and offices and other outlets that sell hunting and fish ing by the for the 1980 duck and trout stamps are being accepted by the Deadline is March Habitat the commission should not be confused with nongame support also new this which sell for are optional and show a photo of a The certificates are printed on x 11inch Money from the nongame support cer tificates will go for such research as habitats for song Pat Bettendorf painted this wildlife scene of two quail fly ing near a reddening sumac The design was selected for the states first habitat stamp now required of all trappers and in addition to the regular state The which cost are expected to raise million for purchase and improvement of wildlife V Wildlife artist Pat Costello spends many hours studying and photographing wildlife in natural sur including at Princeton Marsh near the A makes a convenient perch for Costello as he uses a camera and telephoto lens mounted on a gun stock a combination built to steady the Costello painted the picture reproduced on Iowas first habitat stamp pictured now required of hunters and Forest and Stream Experts urge caution in aiding injured birds By Jim Mayer Bald a few of whom seem to have adopted this area for are getting along fine in our cold but some of their the are having Five adult and one immature eagle were counted in Linn and surrounding counties last said Don state Conservation Commission wildlife biolo gist from North Pfeiffer and other conservation officers spotted two eagles near the Prairie Creek Power Station in Cedar one on the Cedar River at PalisadesKepler State Park near Mount another along the Cedar at Rochester in Cedar County and an adult and one immature bird on the Coralville All the birds appeared in good The eagle count was part of a statewide effort to determine how many bald eagles are wintering Other conservation officers counted birds along the Mississippi but results havent been This reporter spotted a mature bald eagle just up stream from the Ivanhoe Bridge along the Cedar on Sat The size of the bird left little doubt that it was an not a The bird soared over the river theres open water there and then lighted in a undoubtedly keeping an eye on the Eagles feed primarily on fish and hang around open It is unusual to see more than a couple of eagles in this area a conservation officials Generally they congregate more along the Mississippi Pfeiffer predicts that the bald eagles will probably stay a month or two before migrating back to northern Wasnt shot Iowa Conservation Commission officials in Des Moines say the bald eagle found dead at Lake Red Rock near Pella several weeks ago had definitely not been As a part of an investigation into the eagle commission law enforcement superintendent Kenneth Kakac asked for a postmortem from the diagnostic lab at Iowa State University to determine the cause of There were no wounds on the large bird and cause of death was listed as The bird seemed to be in excellent and being a fish it is puzzling how he could have Kakac Further analysis of the carcass is Earlier news reports indicated three eagles were but state officials say the dead eagle was discov ered by a commercial fisherman who said he saw two other dead eagles floating down the Des Moines No other carcasses were Several eagles that are unable to fly have been found along the Mississippi River in and Officials are not sure why the eagles are Most have been sent to a bird clinic in Minneapolis for No disabled eagles have been the Cedar Rapids but some other raptors birds of prey such as like many of us have been having problems staying comforta ble in the winter Pfeiffer and Barb of the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar report caring for owls either found or brought to them by people who found the birds hurt and in poor naturalist at the says one long eared owl was brought to the center in poor condition after it was found with a broken wing a wound be lieved to have been caused by a gunshot A Bertram resident brought in another owl with a bruised wing and it is Binhammer snid a barred owl also is recuperating at the nature center after it was found in a Somehow the owl strayed inside the Al though the building was open in the the a nighttime wouldnt leave during the day when the doors were At when it wanted to fly the building was The bird was near starva tion when the nature center got Suggestions Binhammer has some suggestions to people who find especially that are injured or in poor She cautions people to be careful when approaching the even if they appear to not be able to Often when you get them they flop over on their backs with talons she If you try to pick them up they sometimes fly for your The talons are sharp weapons and cut and scratch It is best to contact someone who can give she suggesting state Conservation Officer Ronald Draves of the nature or if you live out side of Linn the conservation officer in your We are here to and we have the necessary state and federal permits to keep and care for the she It is illegal for the public to have the another reason why people should turn over wounded or disab led birds to conservation officers or other groups such as the nature We work with veterinarians and they can make a prognosis of the animals Binhammer She also said it is difficult to feed They will take mice because that is a natural food for but nearly everything else has to be forcefed to She said a person has to open the birds beak and push the food she usually uses specially prepared food when she runs out of mice down their This is easy when the birds are but tough to do when they get she Its tricky to care for a damaged Pfeiffer said he was brought a longeared owl that had been found in a roadside He nursed it back to health in warm quarters and fed it hamburger
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