Wildlife Day

Wildlife Day
3:21 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Noises of Spring

Gray tree frog, common to Iowa
Jason Mrachina

Beautiful spring weather may make you feel like singing. It definitely inspires many frogs, toads and birds to make some joyful noise. Today on Talk of Iowa Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease talks about some of the noises you should be listening for in the next few weeks and what they mean.

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Wildlife Day
11:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Following Iowa Wildlife's Natural Calendar

An environmental communications specialist looks for warblers at a phenology workshop in Illinois
JanetandPhil / flickr

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.

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.

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Wildlife Day
12:16 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Eagles in Iowa

Michael Leland

Winter arrived early this year, which means that bald eagles have also arrived at their winter destinations.  Eagles congregate around areas of open water: the colder it gets, the more eagles you can see if you know where to look.  Join host Charity Nebbe for a talk about eagles with wildlife biologist Jim Pease.

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: What Does the Fox Say?

John Ryan

A couple of brothers from Norway have a lot of people asking, “What does the fox say?” Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease will answer that question. Host Charity Nebbe and Jim talk about the red fox, the gray fox, the coyote and the wolf.

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Talk of Iowa
11:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: The Fall Shuffle

asterix611 / flickr

The chill in the air and the color on the trees are sure signs of fall, but so are the large number of raccoons and possums you see along the roadsides. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife biologist Jim Pease.  They discuss why so many critters are on the move this time of year. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:18 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Wildlife Day: Changing Season

In Autumn chipmunks stockpile food for winter. As a result human neighbors might become irritated by chipmunk-created holes in their yards or houses.
froggieb Flickr

The changing season affects the animal behaviors in the sky and trees, on the ground and in the water.  Host Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife biologist Rebecca Christoffel of Iowa State University Extension, ISU fisheries specialist Allen Pattillo and DNR forester Mark Vitosh.  

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Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Wildlife Day: Bats

White Nose Syndrome is named for the white fungus—Geomyces destructans—that is found on muzzles and wings of affected bats such as the little brown bat pictured above. Geomyces destructans thrives in cold, humid environments like caves.
Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation / Microbe World Flickr

Host Charity Nebbe and wildlife biologist Jim Pease discuss the role bats play in Iowa's ecosystem, human-bat interactions and White Nose Syndrome--a disease that has killed more than 5.7 million bats in the U.S. since 2006 when it was discovered in New York State.

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Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Wildlife Day: Our Wetland Birds

An IPR listener submission, titled: "My pond is like stopping at McDonald's"
Kenneth Mertes

With their long elegant necks, broad wingspans and otherworldly calls an encounter with one of Iowa’s herons can take your breath away.  Today on Talk of Iowa, wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins the discussion to talk about Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa’s most beautiful water birds.

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Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wildlife Day: Wetland Mammals

fiat luxe / flickr

They excel at swimming, holding their breath and have coats that humans envy. 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. They talk about river otters, muskrats, beaver and mink, and share some tips on how to spy some of these fascinating swimmers.

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Talk of Iowa
1:35 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Bobcats are Back

Gordilly / flickr

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. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:36 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Wildlife Day: Signs of Spring

Flickr / Grant MacDonald

Though half of Iowa is still under a blanket of snow the rivers are swollen, the days are growing longer and spring is definitely on its way. "Talk of Iowa" sits down with wildlife biologist Jim Pease to talk about the signs and songs of spring.

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Talk of Iowa
1:34 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wildlife Day: Rebecca Christoffel

Carl Wycoff / flickr

As Iowa State University extension wildlife specialist, Rebecca Christoffel, fields calls from all over the state, she also spends her time educating the public, training master conservationists, and defending the un-huggables. She joins us this wildlife day, and takes your questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Wildlife Day: Life Under and in the Snow

Rabbit in the snow.
Conrad Kuiper / Flickr

When snow covers the ground the world looks as if it is sleeping under a blanket of white, but life does go on. Wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins Charity Nebbe to discuss life under and in the snow and  how that white stuff benefits the burrowers, the hibernators, and other birds and mammals. 

Pease also discusses how snow is an insulator and a boon to wildlife for keeping warm and how even some amphibians benefit from the snow.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Wildlife Day: Giving Back to Nature

The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary gives Christmas presents to their wolves.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary / Flickr

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.

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Talk of Iowa
11:08 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Wildlife Day: Game Birds

Wild turkey
Nano Maus / Flickr

A turkey in the straw, a partridge in a pear tree, and a pheasant in the field. Talk of Iowa's wildlife biologist Jim Pease discusses Iowa’s game birds. The ones we see, like turkeys and pheasants, and the ones that we don’t see much of any more, like rough legged grouse and prairie chickens.

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Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Wildlife Day: Owls

Barred owl
Denis-Carl Robidoux / Flickr

If you go out for a walk on a crisp fall night you might hear an owl hooting in the darkness. The barred owl, great horned and screech owls are the three most common kinds of owls found in Iowa.

Charity Nebbe talks and hoots with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about the owls of Iowa from the common breeds to the more uncommon owl sightings.

Talk of Iowa
11:15 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Wildlife Day: Diseases

Lee Carson / Flickr

Rabies, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease.

Wildlife biologist Jim Pease discusses a number of serious diseases found in wildlife, how those diseases can be passed from animals to humans and the risks that one can face.

Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Wildlife Day: Chronic Wasting Disease

White tailed deer
D. Gordon E. Robertson

Chronic Wasting Disease has made its first appearance in white tailed deer in Iowa. It’s a neurological disorder in which the animals lose weight, display abnormal behavior and eventually die.


Today, it's our monthly wildlife program and Charity Nebbe's guest is Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease of Ames.   We’ll talk about white tailed deer in Iowa and what the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease means. We’ll also talk about what the drought means for wildlife.