Dream Playground Pickets – Pottawattamie Gives! Fundraising Opportunity

If you live, work, or play in Pottawattamie County, support your local nonprofits through Pottawattamie Gives!   In partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation and the Iowa West Foundation, Friends of Lake Manawa is an approved organization and you can support Dream Playground by purchasing pickets. We need orders for 34 more pickets to have the order released. Consider ordering one for a grand child! Lets get this order...

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Lake Manawa Fireworks Support

Good evening neighbors. We have lived here nearly 5 years and until I was asked to be on the Friends of Lake Manawa Fireworks committee, I had no idea this display is made possible on donations only. I want to encourage all of us who are fortunate enough to have a front row seat with family and friends to give a donation. It is tax deductible and is easy to donate with the paypal link at: www.friendsoflakemanawa.org Thank you in advance, your help is greatly appreciated! Joni...

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Pelicans

The Friends of Lake Manawa received questions and concerns about the potential impact of pelicans on the Lake Manawa fishery, so we asked Bryan Hayes, the Fisheries Biologist for the DNR who manages our lake, here is his response: “White pelicans migrate through Iowa every year on the way to nesting locations to the north. Their diet is primary fish. They are part of the food web/nature. The exact impact on local fish populations is unknown. Question about pelican impacts on fish populations are not unique to Lake Manawa. On an annual basis the DNR monitors the fish population at Manawa. By the numbers gizzard shad out numbered the game fish (crappies, bass, walleye, wipers) by far. There was a big shad hatch last year. Shad are the most available fish for the pelicans. Not to say they don’t eat some game fish. They are opportunistic. White pelicans are federally protected migratory birds.” He provided a similar response last year when we reported our membership’s concern about the “midnight raids” by pelicans in the...

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