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.
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.
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.