nature http://iowapublicradio.org en Backyard Ecosystems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/backyard-ecosystems <div>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&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We need to change the way we interact with nature; it should not be segregated,” and that living with nature can be very rewarding.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tallamy says that Americans use plants that are&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">mostly from Asia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">as decorations. &nbsp;The result is a reduced biodiversity in the places we live, work, and farm. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:20:16 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 37346 at http://iowapublicradio.org Backyard Ecosystems Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jane-goodall-her-life-work-and-legacy <p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:54:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37167 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jane Goodall on Her Life, Work, and Legacy Connecting Habitats in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/connecting-habitats-iowa <p>Every year more wildlife friendly habitat disappears from Iowa and many different species are paying the price.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe discusses the importance of wildlife corridors and roadside prairies with wildlife biologist <a href="http://www.nrem.iastate.edu/content/james-l-pease">Jim Pease</a> and Rebecca Kauten, program manager for <a href="http://www.uni.edu/~irvm/">Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management</a>.&nbsp; 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 con Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:39:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36130 at http://iowapublicradio.org Connecting Habitats in Iowa Following Iowa Wildlife's Natural Calendar http://iowapublicradio.org/post/following-iowa-wildlifes-natural-calendar <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:19:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe 34894 at http://iowapublicradio.org Following Iowa Wildlife's Natural Calendar Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/richard-louv-nature-deficit-disorder <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:00:27 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 32928 at http://iowapublicradio.org Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder' Bison Roundup at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bison-roundup-neal-smith-wildlife-refuge <p>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.&nbsp; About 70 of these bison live at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City.</p><p>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.&nbsp; However, because herds are isolated from each other the agency conducts genetic testing to prevent inbreeding.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:53:00 +0000 Sarah Boden 32120 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bison Roundup at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge That Tree: Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tree-documenting-year-life-lonely-bur-oak <p>&quot;That Tree&quot; 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 <a href="http://thattree.net/" target="_blank">his year long odyssey</a>, taking a picture of the tree every day for a year&hellip; and the stunning results.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 30550 at http://iowapublicradio.org That Tree: Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak Nature-Inspired Art http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nature-inspired-art <p>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.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:16:09 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 28077 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nature-Inspired Art Urban Green Space and Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/urban-green-space-and-health <p>Researchers argue that spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve health.&nbsp; In cities, it can be more challenging to find nature. &nbsp;Guest host Ben Stanton&nbsp;talks about urban nature with Kathleen Wolf, the keynote speaker at today's Trees Forever Symposium in Des Moines.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:53:27 +0000 Ben Stanton 22458 at http://iowapublicradio.org Urban Green Space and Health Bison bison bison http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bison-bison-bison <p>They were once more common than white tailed deer, but now <a href="http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Bison_bison/">bison </a>live only in controlled and managed herds.&nbsp; Today on Talk of Iowa Charity Nebbe talks about why bison are so captivating as well as the future of bison in North America.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 17:33:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 21561 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bison bison bison Raptors and Watercolors http://iowapublicradio.org/post/raptors-and-watercolors <p>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 <a href="http://www.uiowapress.org/people/james-landenberger">James Landenberger</a> capture some of the majesty of these moments.&nbsp; <span class="userContent">Talk of Iowa talks about Iowa's birds of prey with <a href="http://www.uiowapress.org/people/jon-stravers">Jon Stravers</a>, is the </span>the Driftless Area Coordinator for the <a href="http://www.audubon.org/">National Audubon Society's</a> <a href="http://birds.audubon Wed, 08 May 2013 18:58:24 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 20435 at http://iowapublicradio.org Raptors and Watercolors As Rustic Camps Struggle, Girl Scouts Look at Modernizing Camping http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rustic-camps-struggle-girl-scouts-look-modernizing-camping <p>Officials with<a href="http://www.gseiwi.org/"> Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois</a> 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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:40:46 +0000 Sarah McCammon 19058 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Rustic Camps Struggle, Girl Scouts Look at Modernizing Camping Kenny Salwey: The Last River Rat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kenny-salwey-last-river-rat <p><span class="userContent">On today's Talk of Iowa, we'll listen back to host Charity Nebbe's interview with the <a href="http://news.iowapublicradio.org/post/last-river-rat" target="_blank">"last river rat" Kenny Salwey</a>, who lives along the upper Mississippi River.<br><br>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, "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfKOLTz3I2s" target="_blank">Muskrat for Supper</a>."</span></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:31:41 +0000 Charity Nebbe 14126 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kenny Salwey: The Last River Rat Conserving Iowa's Wild Lands http://iowapublicradio.org/post/conserving-iowas-wild-lands <p>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.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:08:50 +0000 Charity Nebbe 13855 at http://iowapublicradio.org Conserving Iowa's Wild Lands Wildlife Day: Giving Back to Nature http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-giving-back-nature <p>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.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:14:42 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11860 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Giving Back to Nature