wildlife http://iowapublicradio.org en Predators Come Back to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/predators-come-back-iowa <p>A mother black bear and her two cubs were spotted earlier this week, on the border of Fayette and Clayton Counties, in northeast Iowa.&nbsp; The next day, a beekeeper discovered bear scat and paw prints near some damaged hives. Also this week, the <a href="http://www.iowadnr.gov/">Iowa Department of Natural Resources</a> 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.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:35:04 +0000 Sarah Boden 43911 at http://iowapublicradio.org Predators Come Back to Iowa Great Waterbirds of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/great-waterbirds-iowa <p>With their long elegant necks, spindly legs and otherworldly calls, an encounter with one of Iowa's herons can take your breath away.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease about his summer spent paddling many of Iowa's waterways.&nbsp; On those trips he has gotten up close with Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa's most impressive waterbirds.&nbsp; We learn about their mating, nesting and feeding habits.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:31:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43062 at http://iowapublicradio.org Great Waterbirds of Iowa Birds of the Upper Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/birds-upper-midwest <p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:56:58 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 38214 at http://iowapublicradio.org Birds of the Upper Midwest Long, Hard Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/long-hard-winter <p>This past winter is the state's harshest winter in decades.&nbsp; Wildlife biologist Jim Pease talks with host Charity Nebbe about the negative and positive effects of this long, hard winter on Iowa's wildlife.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:08:48 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 37398 at http://iowapublicradio.org Long, Hard Winter 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 Wildlife Populations Down This Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-populations-down-winter <p>Today on River to River, we bring you six stories.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:25:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 36925 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Populations Down This Winter 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 Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/amphibians-and-reptiles-iowa <p>Iowa is home to 67 different amphibian and reptile species all deep in hibernation right now.&nbsp; Herpetologist Jeffrey LeClere has written <em>A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reputiles of Iowa.&nbsp; </em>Host Charity Nebbe talks with him about getting up close and personal with frogs, toads, salamanders and snakes once they wake up this spring.&nbsp; She also talks with the filmmaker responsible for the new documentary “Wrestling With Iowa.”</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:42:41 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 34652 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa 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 Preserving Iowa’s Freshwater Ecosystems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/preserving-iowa-s-freshwater-ecosystems <p>Since its beginning, the conservation movement has been focused on preserving the natural places we still have, but <a href="http://www.thefreshwatertrust.org/jsw-bio">Joe Whitworth</a>, president of the Freshwater Trust, says that is not good enough.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:48:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 29864 at http://iowapublicradio.org Preserving Iowa’s Freshwater Ecosystems Wildlife Day: Changing Season http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-changing-season <p>The changing season affects the animal behaviors in the sky and trees, on the ground and in the water.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife biologist <a href="http://news.iowapublicradio.org/node/add/post">Rebecca Christoffel</a> of Iowa State University Extension, ISU fisheries specialist <a href="http://www.extension.iastate.edu/author/allen-pattillo">Allen Pattillo</a> and DNR forester <a href="http://agron-www.agron.iastate.edu/plantscience/mark_vitosh.htm">Mark Vitosh</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:18:55 +0000 Charity Nebbe 29227 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Changing Season Wildlife Day: Bats http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-bats <p>Host Charity Nebbe and wildlife biologist Jim Pease discuss the role bats play in Iowa's ecosystem, human-bat interactions and <a href="http://whitenosesyndrome.org/">White Nose Syndrome</a>--a disease that has killed <a href="http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/news/north-american-bat-death-toll-exceeds-55-million-white-nose-syndrome">more than 5.7 million</a> bats in the U.S. since 2006 when it was discovered in New York State.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:45:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe 27388 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Bats Wildlife Day: Natural Disaster and Baby Animals http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-natural-disaster-and-baby-animals <p>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.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:38:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 22247 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Natural Disaster and Baby Animals 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 Wildlife Day: Wetland Mammals http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-wetland-mammals <p>They excel at swimming, holding their breath and have coats that humans envy. <span class="userContent">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.</span> They talk about river otters, muskrats, beaver and mink, and share some tips on how to spy some of these fascinating swimmers.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 16:40:09 +0000 Emily Woodbury 20746 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Wetland Mammals 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 The Bobcats are Back http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bobcats-are-back <p></p><p>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.&nbsp; Now they are back. &nbsp;Today we hear from&nbsp;Iowa State University Ecology Professor Bill Clark about the research he has done studying the growing population of bobcats in Iowa.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:35:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe 19020 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Bobcats are Back 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 Horticulture Day: Wildlife http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-wildlife <p>It&rsquo;s a practice that improves your local environment and is a rewarding way to learn about the animals in your back yard.&nbsp; On the next Hort Day, we look at tailoring your garden to the needs of wildlife. ISU Extention&#39;s Rebecca Christoffel and Richard Jauron join the discussion and answer your gardening questions.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:40:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe 3993 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Wildlife Wildlife Day: Frogs and Toads http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-frogs-and-toads <p>Spring is so beautiful, sometimes you just have to sing--at least you do if you&rsquo;re a frog. On this Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames is here. We&rsquo;ll talk about the songs of spring as performed by Iowa&rsquo;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.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 138 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Woodpeckers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-woodpeckers <p>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.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 110 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wilderness Camps for Kids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wilderness-camps-kids-0 <p>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&#39;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.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 102 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wilderness Camps for Kids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wilderness-camps-kids <p>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.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 101 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Valentine's Edition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-valentines-edition <p>Spring may be the time when a young man&rsquo;s fancy turns to love, but for many species late winter is the season of love. It&#39;s Wildlife Day on Talk of Iowa and with eagles nesting, barred owls calling and cardinals singing, we&rsquo;ll celebrate Valentine&rsquo;s Day with wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 94 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Nature Photography http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-nature-photography <p>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&#39;s most talented nature photographers about why it&#39;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.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 77 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Day: Surviving Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-day-surviving-winter <p>All of Iowa&rsquo;s creatures need ways to survive the winter. Some winters are more challenging than others. On today&#39;s Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist&nbsp;Jim Pease of Ames will be here. We&rsquo;ll talk about how wild animals cope with winter and the changes and confusion unseasonably warm weather can cause.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 69 at http://iowapublicradio.org