Wildlife Day

Wildlife Day
9:50 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Wildlife Day: Wild Creatures of Brazil

Caiman thermoregulating
Jim Pease

Jaguars don’t roam the prairies and Hyacinth Macaws don’t perch in our oak trees, but today on Talk of Iowa we learn about the wild creatures of Brazil with wildlife biologist, Jim Pease.

Big cats, small primates, colorful birds, and rodents of unusual size. We also find out why the biodiversity of the Amazon matters here in Iowa.

"While we still celebrate the wildlife that we have here in Iowa, I think we need to remember how diverse it once was," says Pease. "Visiting places that are these 'mega-diversity' places is important for a number of reasons."

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Environment
12:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Furbearer Season Looks Promising

Furbearer season starts Saturday in Iowa, and goes through January 2015.
Eric Bégin

Furbearer season starts Saturday in Iowa. Hunters and trappers will likely see greater numbers of raccoons and coyotes from previous years, but fewer red foxes. 

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River to River
5:39 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Doug Smith of the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project: "They're just like us"

Yellowstone wolf in the woods
Jeremy Weber

"Our problems with wolves stem from jealousy and competition...they're just like us," says Doug Smith, Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologist.

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Talk of Iowa
12:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Wildlife Day: The Fascinating, Hidden Life of Skunks

fieldsbh / flickr

Step outside on a brisk fall evening and sometimes you will find that the air is perfumed with the unmistakable pungent odor of a skunk.

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News Buzz
4:14 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Jill Pruetz on Chimpanzees and Aggressive Behavior

Jill Pruetz

Not many animals will use lethal aggression towards those in their own species, but two groups do - humans, and chimpanzees.

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Wildlife Day
4:05 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

An Abundance of Pheasants: Talking Birds on Wildlife Day

This summer saw a big spike in pheasant sightings.
Feuerstein46 Wikimedia Commons

What game birds have you seen this summer?

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Wildlife Day
11:31 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Wildlife Day: Paddling Down Iowa's Waterways

A snapping turtle basks on his perch along the river.
Jim Pease

So far this summer, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has paddled hundreds of miles down Iowa’s waterways to gather biological data for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Today on Talk of Iowa, he shares his experience.

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Environment
6:35 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Predators Come Back to Iowa

Black bear cubs spotted in Alberta, Canada. A female black bear, or sow, has her first litter between 3-5 years. Her cubs stay with her until they are 16-18 months.
Credit Mark Stevens

A mother black bear and her two cubs were spotted earlier this week, on the border of Fayette and Clayton Counties, in northeast Iowa.  The next day, a beekeeper discovered bear scat and paw prints near some damaged hives.

Also this week, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirmed the state's first mountain lion of 2014. A deer carcass with signs of mountain lion predation was found in Cherokee County, in northeast Iowa.

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Wildlife Day
2:31 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Great Waterbirds of Iowa

Green Heron
Jim Pease

With their long elegant necks, spindly legs and otherworldly calls, an encounter with one of Iowa's herons can take your breath away.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease about his summer spent paddling many of Iowa's waterways.  On those trips he has gotten up close with Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa's most impressive waterbirds.  We learn about their mating, nesting and feeding habits.

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Wildlife Day
1:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Tough Love and Fuzzy Cuddles: Wildlife Parenting

Porsupah Ree

Iowa’s forests, meadows, streams and subdivisions are full of baby animals right now, and every species has its own approach to parenting.

Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins to talk about parenting in the wild… with cliff swallows, rabbits, deer, bees, ducks, snakes, owls and others.

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Wildlife Day
3:21 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Noises of Spring

Gray tree frog, common to Iowa
Jason Mrachina

Beautiful spring weather may make you feel like singing. It definitely inspires many frogs, toads and birds to make some joyful noise. Today on Talk of Iowa Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease talks about some of the noises you should be listening for in the next few weeks and what they mean.

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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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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
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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Wildlife Day
12:16 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Eagles in Iowa

Michael Leland

Winter arrived early this year, which means that bald eagles have also arrived at their winter destinations.  Eagles congregate around areas of open water: the colder it gets, the more eagles you can see if you know where to look.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk about eagles with wildlife biologist Jim Pease.

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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
2:26 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: What Does the Fox Say?

John Ryan

A couple of brothers from Norway have a lot of people asking, “What does the fox say?” Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease will answer that question. Host Charity Nebbe and Jim talk about the red fox, the gray fox, the coyote and the wolf.

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Talk of Iowa
11:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: The Fall Shuffle

asterix611 / flickr

The chill in the air and the color on the trees are sure signs of fall, but so are the large number of raccoons and possums you see along the roadsides. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease.  They discuss why so many critters are on the move this time of year. 

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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
11:43 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Wildlife Day: Our Wetland Birds

An IPR listener submission, titled: "My pond is like stopping at McDonald's"
Kenneth Mertes

With their long elegant necks, broad wingspans and otherworldly calls an encounter with one of Iowa’s herons can take your breath away.  Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins the discussion to talk about Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa’s most beautiful water birds.

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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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