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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Lake Manawa Clean-up Day

Annual Lake Manawa Clean-up Day for 2019 is scheduled for Sunday May 5th from 1 to 3 p.m. Plan on meeting at Site 6 near the Dream Playground to pick up supplies and help us clean up Manawa State Park!  No sign-up or registration...

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Posting Policy

Posting Policy from Board Meeting 4/15/19:   Our mission is to organize a community based approach to preserve and continuously improve Lake Manawa State Park, to educate the public regarding the issues impacting their quality of life, the health of their air, land, and water and encourage participation in achieving the stated goals, and to support the implementation of goals established by the public and the Friends of Lake Manawa committee.   Guidelines for posting to Facebook page:   1. This group was created to celebrate the beauty to preserve Lake Manawa State Park. It isn’t a place for promoting your business, or a place to sell equipment, or a place to argue or make fun of others. 2. Please respect the rules and treat people with respect, just like you would if you were standing next to them and not on the internet. 3. No Links, Hashtags, Solicitation, or Illegal Activities. 4. No multiple off-topic posts or repetitive posts that is copied and pasted. 5. Be courteous. Disparaging remarks to Admins or other Members will be means for immediate removal. 6. Any usage of profanity is an automatic removal of a post and block of future posts. 7. No drama. We don’t limit free speech, we limit drama. Treat people with respect.   Thank...

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