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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
7:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

In Illinois Farm Country, a Wetland’s Dynamic Return

Doug Blodgett, director of river conservation for the Nature Conservancy, has helped oversee the transformation from farmland to wetland of this area in southern Illinois.
Rich Egger for Harveset Public Media

Land in Fulton County, Ill., that was farmed for more than 80 years is being returned to its original wetland state – and the early results are promising for what is now the Emiquon Nature Preserve.

“People give us credit for the way this looks now but it’s really Mother Nature that makes it look the way it does,” said Doug Blodgett, director of river conservation for the environmental group the Nature Conservancy.

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Children and Nature
12:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Nature of Childhood

ISU Historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg's brother Scott looks at a salamander captured in the irrigation ditch where he played as a child.
Mary Thompson Riney

Despite news reports that highlight danger, the world is actually a much safer place for children than it once was.  Accidental death rates for children were much higher in the early 19th and 20th centuries.  And yet, children who were once encouraged to go outside and play, are now highly supervised in organized sports and spend more time watching television than playing outdoors.  On this Earth Day, Host Charity Nebbe talks with historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg about her new book The Nature of Childhood: An Enivornmental History of Growing Up in America since 1865."  In it, Kehrbe

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Talk of Iowa
4:20 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Backyard Ecosystems

Carsten Tolkmit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode

Join Talk of Iowa for a talk with Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He says “We need to change the way we interact with nature; it should not be segregated,” and that living with nature can be very rewarding. Tallamy says that Americans use plants that are mostly from Asia as decorations.  The result is a reduced biodiversity in the places we live, work, and farm.  Hear from Tallamy  about how we can connect habitats by reinstalling native plants.

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Nature
3:54 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy

Jane Goodall will be in Iowa on Monday, March 10 to present a lecture, “Sowing the Seeds of Hope”
World Bank Photo Collection / flickr

Jane Goodall is famous for her groundbreaking observation of wild chimpanzees; but for the last 30 years, she’s devoted most of her time to traveling the world, telling her stories, and trying to fan the flames of an environmental movement that could save her beloved chimpanzees and so many other species from extinction.

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Talk of Iowa
2:39 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Connecting Habitats in Iowa

At one time 85% of Iowa was covered by tallgrass prairie.
USFWS Mountain Prairie

Every year more wildlife friendly habitat disappears from Iowa and many different species are paying the price.  Host Charity Nebbe discusses the importance of wildlife corridors and roadside prairies with wildlife biologist Jim Pease and Rebecca Kauten, program manager for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management.  They explain how Iowa's species are suffering due to a lack of connecting habitat as well as both the history of the state's roadside prairies, and the pros and cons of these

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Wildlife Day
11:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Following Iowa Wildlife's Natural Calendar

An environmental communications specialist looks for warblers at a phenology workshop in Illinois
JanetandPhil / flickr

We all know that Spring follows winter and summer follows spring, but when the snow melts, when the flowers bloom, and when the frogs sing from year to year can tell us a lot.

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about phenology, the study of periodic plant and animal lifecycle events.

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Talk of Iowa
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder'

Derek Gavey

Richard Louv has written that “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.” Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from the man who coined the term “nature deficit disorder” about the importance of connecting with the natural world around us and the movement he helped to start.

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Environment
10:53 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Bison Roundup at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

Three bison at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge at dawn on the day of the roundup.
Sarah Boden Iowa Public Radio

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) manages almost 1,400 bison spread out amongst seven herds located in Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota.  About 70 of these bison live at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City.

FWS aims to preserve the species genetic diversity with as little human intervention as possible by allowing the forces of natural selection determine which bison live and die.  However, because herds are isolated from each other the agency conducts genetic testing to prevent inbreeding.

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Talk of Iowa
12:45 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

That Tree: Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak

Mark Hirsch

"That Tree" is a lonely Bur oak standing in the middle of a cornfield in Southwest Wisconsin. That Tree is a tree that sparked the imagination of photographer Mark Hirsch. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Hirsch about what drew him to That Tree and his year long odyssey, taking a picture of the tree every day for a year… and the stunning results.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Nature-Inspired Art

Encephalitis earrings
Designed by M.C. Ginsberg’s custom design team in collaboration with the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health

The encephalitis virus can have some ugly consequences, but, it turns out, it can also be shaped into a beautiful pair of earrings. Today on Talk Of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks about infectious art inspired by disease and other artistic endeavors that are inspired by nature.

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River to River
12:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Urban Green Space and Health

Romel Jacinto

Researchers argue that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve health.  In cities, it can be more challenging to find nature.  Guest host Ben Stanton talks about urban nature with Kathleen Wolf, the keynote speaker at today's Trees Forever Symposium in Des Moines. 

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Talk of Iowa
12:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bison bison bison

Flickr / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

They were once more common than white tailed deer, but now bison live only in controlled and managed herds.  Today on Talk of Iowa Charity Nebbe talks about why bison are so captivating as well as the future of bison in North America.

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Talk of Iowa
1:58 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Raptors and Watercolors

University of Iowa Press / James Landenberger

There is no substitute for seeing a soaring red tailed hawk, circling turkey vulture or bald eagle snatching a fish out of a river, but the paintings of the late James Landenberger capture some of the majesty of these moments.  Talk of Iowa talks about Iowa's birds of prey with Jon Stravers, is the the Driftless Area Coordinator for the National Audubon Society's

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Environment
8:40 am
Thu April 11, 2013

As Rustic Camps Struggle, Girl Scouts Look at Modernizing Camping

The Girl Scout logo outside the offices of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois in the Quad Cities.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio

Officials with Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois are voting on whether to downsize four of their Girl Scout camps. The proposal is a step back from an earlier plan, to sell all four camps entirely. Girl Scouts officials say today's girls want a more modern camping experience.

There are certain traditions that are essential to being a Girl Scout: reciting the Girl Scout Pledge, selling cookies, and – for many girls over many decades – going to summer camp.

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Talk of Iowa
9:31 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Kenny Salwey: The Last River Rat

Kenny Salwey, d. 1981
Kenny Salwey

On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll listen back to host Charity Nebbe's interview with the "last river rat" Kenny Salwey, who lives along the upper Mississippi River.

He hunts, fishes, traps, and writes; while he lives off the land in a cabin he built with his own two hands. He talks about the river he’s built his life around, and his latest book, "Muskrat for Supper."

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Conserving Iowa's Wild Lands

Pine Lake state park in Eldora, IA.
josquin2000 / Flickr

Iowa is not known for its wild places, only one state in the nation has a smaller percentage of public land than we do. Members from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Nature Conservancy and Iowa DNR join host Charity Nebbe to discuss what work is being done by conservation organizations in Iowa to preserve our wild places and to create new ones.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Wildlife Day: Giving Back to Nature

The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary gives Christmas presents to their wolves.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary / Flickr

In this season of giving we’re going to spend some time thinking about ways we can give back to nature. Host Charity Nebbe chats with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how you can give to wildlife and wild places. We also talk about gifts to indulge your love of nature or foster that love in someone else.

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