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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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
December 21, 2017 12:04 PM

Despite what can feel like Arctic weather sweeping into Iowa during the winter, the state still finds itself a long way from the Arctic tundra. So it would be surprising to find Arctic tundra wildlife soaring over Iowa’s picked corn fields or perching on the state’s telephone poles.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife
November 15, 2017 12:00 AM

One my favorite quotes from Iowa native and conservation icon Aldo Leopold goes like this: “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” I think about that quote often this time of year because every fall, after the grand finale of summer

Forestry, Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
September 5, 2017 12:00 AM

It’s easy to forget they’re mammals just like us. They give live birth, they nurse their young, they feed and sleep and do otherwise mundane things to stay alive and stay healthy.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
August 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Conservation is ensuring the greatest good for the greatest number of people. This idea is credited to American forester Gifford Pinchot, but many have arrived at the same conclusion.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation
August 10, 2017 12:00 AM

The title to this article is the answer to a question I get often.

Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
July 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Most wildlife biologists and hunters, like me, admittedly have less of a mainstream attitude toward weeds. Those of us who spend fall mornings behind bird dogs or summer days glassing butterflies look upon field edges and odd areas in a different light...

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May 4, 2017 2:40 PM

We can learn about our land in a variety of ways. Local history books report on the native cultures that hunted, gathered, farmed and traded there. General Land Office surveys from the 19th century record the locations of natural features and early settlements.

Forestry, Planning and Planting, Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
March 13, 2017 4:33 PM

Spring is just around the corner and that means it’s time to get the planter ready and to start watching the fields for the right conditions to return after a long winter. But for many Iowa landowners, spring time means more than just planting season, it’s prescribed fire season....

Forestry, Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
March 8, 2017 12:00 AM

As USDA’s flagship voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides incentives to producers who utilize conservation practices on environmentally- sensitive lands.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation
January 5, 2017 12:00 AM

We had just turned the corner around a nice oak woodlot outside my hometown in northern Indiana, home on a visit for Christmas, when I saw a familiar sight; the prints of a covey of northern bobwhites in the snow.

Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats, Wildlife Conservation
November 7, 2016 3:54 PM

Brightly-colored leafs, harvest and the busy labors of squirrels burying nuts for the long winter ahead are iconic images of fall in Iowa.

Forestry, Wildlife, Iowa's Wildlife, Iowa's Habitats
September 2, 2016 3:13 PM

For those living in rural Iowa, the sight of a brood of young gamebirds, like Hungarian partridge, bobwhite quail or ring-necked pheasant, is probably a common and welcome sight on morning drives down dusty roads.

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