The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences recently recognized northeast Iowa for outstanding work in environmental education.
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...
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
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.
The August 10th derecho produced devastating impacts to Iowa’s agriculture, infrastructure, and forest resources.
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.
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...
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
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.
Two new coloring books are now available through the Iowa State University Extension Store.
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.
As field days and in-person gatherings are postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) will host weekly webinars each Wednesday at noon.
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.
Spring is the time of the year in the Iowa when Iowa’s landscape awakens from winter’s cold and the remaining snow and ice melts. In most years, ponds survive winters with minimal issues. However, there are those rare occasions that pond owners see a number of dead floating fish in the pond.
Science-based conservation and water quality education program now available to all Iowa high schools. High school students at two Story County schools were the first to try a new soil and water conservation education module in early 2020....
Water Rocks!, a uniquely Iowan, award-winning, statewide water education program based at Iowa State University, is well on its way to surpassing the 150,000 participant mark in 2020. At the end of 2019 the program eclipsed 130,000 students reached since the teams began visiting schools acro
The 25th edition of the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference will draw foresters and landowners from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin to the Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois, March 14.
How do we maintain productive, profitable farms in Iowa that protect soil resources, support biodiversity, and send cleaner water downstream? Tune in to the December Iowa Learning Farms webinar to learn
New research shows that “multi-purpose oxbows” can effectively reduce nitrate-nitrogen, earning them a spot in the Iowa Nutrient Research Strategy’s menu of conservation options.
Honey bees are facing tough times. Colonies of these pollinators are being lost at an unprecedented rate, and some are blaming farming practices, in particular, the intensive corn and soybean production systems in the Midwest.
Windbreaks and shelterbelts exemplify the value and functionality that trees and forests provide to Iowa agriculture - especially producers in our state's northwest corner.
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.
The South Skunk River Watershed Project celebrates its one-year anniversary in October. This project is a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to further Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goals.
Farmers and landowners who want to increase pollinator habitat while also improving water quality should consider the benefits of saturated riparian buffers enhanced with native wildflowers.
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.