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Dr. Adam Janke
April 2, 2021 9:43 AM

The diversity and breadth of Iowa’s natural environment is captured in a new series of publications by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Association of Naturalists

Fisheries, Forestry, Water Quality, Wildlife

Dr. Matt Helmers
March 26, 2021 5:19 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a demonstration is worth a million words at least!  I am reminded of this as we are brushing off the winter dirt from the Conservation Station Fleet and beginning to plan for summer 2021 outreach.

Water Quality

Dr. Steven P Bradbury
February 26, 2021 1:00 PM

The World Wildlife Fund, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve released its 2020-2021 overwintering monarch population report on February 25, 2021.

Wildlife

Dr. Adam Janke
February 18, 2021 12:36 PM

In January 1921 George Washington Carver traveled from Tuskegee, Alabama, across the Jim Crow south and into the segregated nation’s capital. He was there to extol the value of southern farmers’ peanuts as the House Ways and Means Committee considered tariffs on imports.

Water Quality, Wildlife

Jamie Benning
February 18, 2021 8:17 AM

Farmers and landowners across the state work regularly with their local Natural Resource Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) professionals to plan and construct conservation practices or discuss cost-share options to try new management practices.

Water Quality

Dr. Billy Beck
January 20, 2021 8:51 AM

A recently-funded study is kicking into high gear this spring, intent on investigating the water quality and quantity impacts of certain woody structures that are all-too-familiar to Iowa landowners—beaver dams.

Forestry, Water Quality, Wildlife

Dr. Steven P Bradbury
January 16, 2021 9:00 AM

On December 15th, 2020 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the monarch butterfly is warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  However, because of on-going work with higher-priority species, the Service precluded issuing an immediate proposed listing rule.

Wildlife

Dr. Adam Janke
December 30, 2020 2:31 PM

Adam Janke, assistant professor in natural resources ecology and management and extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University, offers these special tips for getting rid of your live Christmas tree after the holiday season... 

Fisheries, Forestry, Wildlife

J. Arbuckle
December 14, 2020 11:17 AM

Soil and water conservation is critical to the long-term sustainability of Iowa agriculture. Farmers can use a range of soil and water conservation practices to maintain agricultural productivity while minimizing impacts on water and wildlife.

Water Quality, Wildlife

Dr. Joe E Morris
December 5, 2020 9:05 AM

Temperature has a direct effect on fish metabolism, feeding, and survival. No other physical factors affects the development and growth of fish as much as water temperature. Metabolic rates of fish increase rapidly as the temperature rises.

Fisheries, Wildlife

Dr. Adam Janke
November 17, 2020 3:00 PM

Everyone has learned a lot about the spread and control of infectious diseases in 2020. Although the important task at hand is to apply that knowledge in helping our neighbors and family avoid a Covid-19 infection, we would be wise to apply many of these lessons to help white-tailed deer fight a disease of their own.

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, is a neurological disease affecting members of the deer family. The prion-based CWD that infects the central nervous system is a different type of disease from the virulent respiratory one we have become familiar with in 2020. But CWD and Covid-19 share many characteristics, including how they can be spread asymptomatically and the potential for high infection rates in the absence of intervention.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation

Doug Gass
November 10, 2020 9:54 AM

Iowans will have three in-person and online opportunities to learn about edge-of-field nutrient management practices in early December, with a special focus on projects being done within the South Skunk River Watershed in central Iowa.

Water Quality

Cynthia Haynes
November 9, 2020 10:20 AM

Iowans can expect next year to be bright and colorful – at least according to the images found within the 2021 Garden Calendar produced by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife

Dr. Adam Janke
October 30, 2020 2:48 PM

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa 4-H is partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resources to bring a new youth program to the state.

Wildlife

Dr. Joe E Morris
October 27, 2020 8:58 AM

Pond owners should use the last warm days of fall to take note of what worked well this year and what they can do to improve next year.

Fisheries

Dr. Billy Beck
October 19, 2020 4:00 PM

Virtual forestry days will continue to be offered online this fall, with two events scheduled in October. On Oct.

Forestry

John Pleasants
September 3, 2020 8:50 AM

A recently published analysis of data on tagged monarch butterflies migrating from the United States to Mexico emphasizes the importance of creating new habitat to ensure the future of the species’ iconic migratory pattern...

Wildlife

Dr. Joe E Morris
September 1, 2020 4:57 PM

In the summer, the high temperatures can result in management issues for pond owners with excessive aquatic vegetation being the most problematic.  Excessive nutrients (often from the surrounding watershed) and shallow pond depths along with warm water temperatures can create an ideal habita

Fisheries

Dr. Adam Janke
August 26, 2020 5:39 PM

New extension publication highlights the importance of forests for birds

August 26, 2020, 11:58 am | Adam Janke

AMES, Iowa – Forests provide critical habitat for Iowa’s wildlife, and that is especially true for birds.

Forestry, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation

Dr. Billy Beck
August 26, 2020 10:25 AM

The August 10th derecho produced devastating impacts to Iowa’s agriculture, infrastructure, and forest resources.

Forestry

Dr. Steven P Bradbury
August 3, 2020 8:23 AM

Converting grasslands to pollinator habitat takes a well thought out plan. A new report from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps landowners understand the steps involved and the best practices.

Water Quality, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation

Ed Zaworski
July 17, 2020 3:40 PM

The Integrated Pest Management program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is providing three new videos on tree pathogens: black knot (apiosporina morbosa), diplodia tip blight and dothistroma needle blight...

Forestry

Dr. Adam Janke
July 2, 2020 4:56 PM

Josh Divan
July 2, 2020 4:56 PM

Arguably, the most important innovation in agriculture technology for conservation and farmers in the last 30 years has been the growth and use of spatial data made possible by the Global Positioning Systems (GPS).  Many different types of agricultural data can be captured with pinpoint accu

Water Quality, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation

Dr. Adam Janke
June 10, 2020 9:05 PM

In my world, “diversity” often comes with a prefix. I remember learning the word early in my college days, having come to the wildlife ecology discipline not as a woke environmentalist but rather because of an obsession with ducks from a childhood spent hunting them.

Wildlife

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