When we think of Iowa landscape, Iowa prairie and Iowa farm field immediately come to mind. But there's an unexpected gem of Iowa land that often gets overlooked: the fen.
Rebecca Kauten is a fen enthusiast, so much so that she has a fen named after her: Becky's Fen in Layfayette County.
"Some people think of a fen like a bog, and in some ways they're very similar. [...] A fen is groundwater-fed, whereas a bog is surface water-fed."
For this special Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe traveled out to Ciha Fen in Johnson County to talk with Kauten about the particularities of this under-appreciated wetland.