wildlife

Wildlife
3:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Birds of the Upper Midwest

Red winged blackbird
Elizabeth Reetz

Of all the birds that make their home (even for just a season) in Iowa, we may know their common names (sparrow, robin, etc.), but not their scientific names. But the these longer names in Latin tell a lot about the description and behavior of a bird species. This hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with the co-authors of the new book, "The Scientific Nomenclature of Birds in the Upper Midwest," Iowa Citians James Sandrock and Jean Prior.

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Talk of Iowa
3:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Long, Hard Winter

Iowa’s had deeper frost levels this year due to an early onset of cold and a lack of both snow cover and moisture. As a result likely fewer animals that hibernate underground like woodchucks (pictured above,) turtles and snakes survived the winter.

This past winter is the state's harshest winter in decades.  Wildlife biologist Jim Pease talks with host Charity Nebbe about the negative and positive effects of this long, hard winter on Iowa's wildlife.

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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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News Buzz
3:25 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Wildlife Populations Down This Winter

Iowa's deer population has been dwindling since its peak in early 2000
Geoffrey Fairchild

Today on River to River, we bring you six stories.

First, University of Iowa President Sally Mason meets with the Board of Regents for a special meeting this afternoon to discuss her remarks on how the university handles sexual assault allegations. Iowa Public Radio correspondent Dean Borg tells host Ben Kieffer what to expect out of the meeting.

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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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Talk of Iowa
3:42 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa

A Blue-spotted Salamander from Linn County, Iowa
Jeffrey LeClere www.HerpNet.net

Iowa is home to 67 different amphibian and reptile species all deep in hibernation right now.  Herpetologist Jeffrey LeClere has written A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reputiles of Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about getting up close and personal with frogs, toads, salamanders and snakes once they wake up this spring.  She also talks with the filmmaker responsible for the new documentary “Wrestling With Iowa.”

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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
1:48 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Preserving Iowa’s Freshwater Ecosystems

Iowa River
Alan Light Flickr

Since its beginning, the conservation movement has been focused on preserving the natural places we still have, but Joe Whitworth, president of the Freshwater Trust, says that is not good enough.  Host Charity Nebbe talks to Whitworth about his work restoring freshwater ecosystems, how he believes that clean water can co-exist with profitable agriculture, and the future of conservation.  

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Talk of Iowa
2:18 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Wildlife Day: Changing Season

In Autumn chipmunks stockpile food for winter. As a result human neighbors might become irritated by chipmunk-created holes in their yards or houses.
froggieb Flickr

The changing season affects the animal behaviors in the sky and trees, on the ground and in the water.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife biologist Rebecca Christoffel of Iowa State University Extension, ISU fisheries specialist Allen Pattillo and DNR forester Mark Vitosh.  

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: Bats

White Nose Syndrome is named for the white fungus—Geomyces destructans—that is found on muzzles and wings of affected bats such as the little brown bat pictured above. Geomyces destructans thrives in cold, humid environments like caves.
Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation / Microbe World Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and wildlife biologist Jim Pease discuss the role bats play in Iowa's ecosystem, human-bat interactions and White Nose Syndrome--a disease that has killed more than 5.7 million bats in the U.S. since 2006 when it was discovered in New York State.

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Talk of Iowa
11:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wildlife Day: Natural Disaster and Baby Animals

Two fawns that were rehabilitated last year by Host Charity Nebbe's mother Linda Nebbe of Cedar Falls. The fawns are from different mothers and are meeting for the first time.
Charity Nebbe Iowa Public Radio

Last summer many wild animals suffered because of a lack of water, this year nests have been washed out and wild babies have been separated from their mothers through floods and storms. Host Charity Nebbe talks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how natural disasters affect the boom and bust cycles of Iowa's wildlife populations.

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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
11:40 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wildlife Day: Wetland Mammals

fiat luxe / flickr

They excel at swimming, holding their breath and have coats that humans envy. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe sits down with Iowa State wildlife biologist, Jim Pease, to discuss the mammals of Iowa's wetlands. They talk about river otters, muskrats, beaver and mink, and share some tips on how to spy some of these fascinating swimmers.

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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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Talk of Iowa
1:35 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Bobcats are Back

Gordilly / flickr

Bobcats were once plentiful in Iowa, but like so many species the pressure of habitat loss hunting and trapping pushed them to the brink of extinction in the state.  Now they are back.  Today we hear from Iowa State University Ecology Professor Bill Clark about the research he has done studying the growing population of bobcats in Iowa. 

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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
11:40 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Horticulture Day: Wildlife

Leo Papandreou / flickr

It’s a practice that improves your local environment and is a rewarding way to learn about the animals in your back yard.  On the next Hort Day, we look at tailoring your garden to the needs of wildlife. ISU Extention's Rebecca Christoffel and Richard Jauron join the discussion and answer your gardening questions.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wildlife Day: Frogs and Toads

Spring is so beautiful, sometimes you just have to sing--at least you do if you’re a frog. On this Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames is here. We’ll talk about the songs of spring as performed by Iowa’s frogs and toads. Charity also talks with Stephanie Shepherd, who organizes the annual Frog and Toad Survey for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Wildlife Day: Woodpeckers

Wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease talks with Charity about woodpeckers and other hole-dwellers that inhabit Iowa. Pease looks at the biology and life-cycle of woodpeckers and offers a few hints on how to attract them.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Wildlife Day: Valentine's Edition

Spring may be the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love, but for many species late winter is the season of love. It's Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa and with eagles nesting, barred owls calling and cardinals singing, we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Iowa Nature Photography

Professional studio photographers often put their subjects in front of a white back-drop. In January, mother nature does that too. Today, our topic is nature photography in the winter. Charity speaks with three of Iowa's most talented nature photographers about why it's worth it to brave the cold with your camera. Guests are Ty Smedes of Des Moines, Larry Stone of Elkader and Don Poggensee of Ida Grove.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun January 8, 2012

Wildlife Day: Surviving Winter

All of Iowa’s creatures need ways to survive the winter. Some winters are more challenging than others. On today's Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease of Ames will be here. We’ll talk about how wild animals cope with winter and the changes and confusion unseasonably warm weather can cause.