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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Though the Great Recession ended in 2009, families that were once considered middle-class still struggle to get by. Host Ben Kieffer talks with filmmaker and University of Iowa graduate Devon Terrill about her new documentary “An American Winter,” which profiles eight families who fell out of the middle class during the Great Recession. IPR's Sandhya Dirks tells us about the push to get an Iowa inmate's sentence commuted. And is your NCAA pool legal? Geoff Greenwood from the Iowa Attorney General's Office outlines the regulations governing social gambling.