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Video: Zoo’s youngest sea lions work with trainers daily

The Indianapolis Zoo's newest sea lions. from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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Free fishing, programs available this weekend

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are trying to get Hoosiers hooked on fishing. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will hold free-fishing weekend June 6 and 7 with many programs and locations to go fishing. Clint Kowalik, coordinator of the GoFishIN in the City program said, “It’s a good chance for the […]

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State seeks public input on bird movement in light of avian flu

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Animal Health will host a virtual public hear about a recent ban on moving birds. The public hearing will gather input from local officials and the public on how to make gatherings such as exhibitions, fairs, and swap meets safer and healthier for the birds. […]

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State appeals fenced hunting case; Zoeller appeals for legislative action

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The attorney general has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that says the state can’t regulate fenced deer hunting under current law. But Republican Greg Zoeller said his first choice is for lawmakers to step in and resolve a long-running dispute over whether the operations are […]

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State sponsors Outdoor Experience to let Hoosiers try sports, activities

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who want to pick up a new outdoor hobby will now have the chance to at the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience this weekend at the Fort Harrison State Park. The outdoor experience – sponsored by the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and the Department of Natural Resources – will […]

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State to hear comments on proposed wetlands impact fee

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three information sessions will be open to the public to learn about a proposed program that would let applicants pay a fee for unavoidable impacts to Indiana’s streams and wetlands. The permits must be submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Indiana Department of Environmental Management […]

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Video & story: First lady makes bees a focus of governor’s garden

Creating a buzz in Indianapolis from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In an attempt to raise awareness about the decline in bee populations, first lady Karen Pence unveiled a new hive Tuesday that has been installed in the governor’s residence garden. “A little more than 83 percent of our state’s land […]

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Take part in ladybug study at Lake Monroe

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can take part in a Citizen Science project this summer, as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources tracks the ladybug population at Lake Monroe. The project will create an inventory of the different species of lady bugs that call Lake Monroe home. The results will also be sent […]

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Story & video: White-nose syndrome threatens to wipe out bat species

Effects of white-nose syndrome in bats from Antonio Cordero on Vimeo. By Brandon Mullens TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A little-known disease that is affecting bats could all but wipe out several species. White-nose syndrome is sweeping across the country, moving from east to west, and devastating bat populations in its wake. Within just a few years, […]


Wildlife habitat help available

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Hoosier landowners interested in establishing or improving wildlife habitat on their property are now able to submit applications through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The NRCS in Indiana maintains the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which provides selected residents with assistance to address and improve the wildlife habitat and environmental situation on […]

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