Dr. Adam Janke

Adam Janke is the statewide Wildlife Extension Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Adam is a trained wildlife biologist, having received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in wildlife conservation and ecology from three land-grant schools in the Midwest.  He is also certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society and is active in regional and national efforts for wildlife conservation and education.  Adam conducts research and education on finding opportunities for strengthening wildlife habitat conservation in working landscapes in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. He also coordinates and leads the Iowa Master Conservationist Program that partners with county extension offices and other regional educators to train local conservation leaders and champions throughout Iowa.

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October 18, 2021 10:47 AM

AMES, Iowa – As deer hunters head to the woods this fall, they are again reminded to be vigilant and active participants in the state’s efforts to fight chronic wasting disease.

August 20, 2021 8:23 AM

Among the hundreds of wildlife species found in Iowa, few are so common that we can assert with relative confidence that each night, every person in Iowa would find themselves only a mile or two away from one. Perhaps deer rise to this level of ubiquity. Perhaps pigeons or mourning doves too.

Wildlife, Problem Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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.

April 14, 2020 9:53 PM

No matter where you’re sheltered-in-place, nature is everywhere. A front row seat to the dramas of nature can pass the time in any season, but springtime is unrivaled.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation
March 2, 2020 8:07 AM

Iowa’s Master Conservationist Program is working to “plant the seeds of conservation” through their recently redesigned educational curriculum on natural resource stewardship for adults learners.

Wildlife, Master Conservationist Program
November 12, 2019 9:02 AM

This fall, over 100,000 Iowans will take refuge in the fields and forests of our state to participate in an annual ritual: deer season.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife
September 23, 2019 12:49 PM

Over 80% of Iowa’s landscape was once tallgrass prairie – an ecosystem comprising over 300 species of flowering plants maintained through regular fires and grazing by herds of elk and bison.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
September 17, 2019 9:43 AM

In keeping with a theme from my last blog titled “What the heck is habitat”, this month I explore another critical question within the language of conservation. What’s a wetland?

Water Quality, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation
July 19, 2019 12:00 AM

Wild turkey. Ring-necked pheasant. Trumpeter swan. Turkey vulture. Northern bobwhite. These are the remarkable birds of Iowa’s rural landscapes. They’re large, conspicuous, and broadly recognized.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife
March 27, 2019 1:22 PM

As I write this, in the waning days of February, many of the wildlife that grace Iowa’s cities and farms during the spring and summer, are far away.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation
March 17, 2019 10:12 PM

I have seen a wide gamut of responses to the question posed in the title of this post. While preparing for my Ph.D. candidacy exams, I was asked a version of this question as it related to ducks and agonized over the response for months (you’ll see elements of my answer below).

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation
February 6, 2019 8:31 AM

Taking Iowa State University resources and personalizing them for a specific area of the state can be a challenge. Researchers in Ames have knowledge and experience dealing with big-picture issues, while local conservationists are plugged into opportunities and challenges in their home area.

Wildlife, Master Conservationist Program
November 14, 2018 8:20 AM

For many of us, conservation is our way of life. Finding ways to connect with and improve the land, the soil, the water, and wildlife consumes our thoughts and free time.

Water Quality, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation
September 20, 2018 11:40 AM

Liberty is at the heart of the American experiment: that fundamental concept that says the will of the majority should not supersede the rights of individuals. Emerging from this pillar however is a fundamental question: to what extent can one actor infringe on the rights of another?

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation
September 15, 2018 12:26 AM

White-tailed deer are as synonymous with the ‘acreage living’ experience as fences and ragweed. We find them everywhere in Iowa, thriving in urban forests and remote sections of cropland with little more than a ditch for cover.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation
July 16, 2018 7:18 PM

In February of 2018, wildlife biologists and veterinarians investigated the suspicious death of 32 trumpeter swans in a Clinton County wetland.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation
April 20, 2018 3:19 PM

The 57 species of wild mammals routinely found in Iowa is the focus of a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication titled “Mammals of Iowa” (WL 0006).

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation
March 8, 2018 11:31 AM

Perhaps the greatest reward for living in a place with four well-defined seasons is the marked return of spring. It’s now that the long, motionless days of winter are, seemingly overnight, replaced with the sights and sounds of species whose likeness we haven’t seen for months.

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


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