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Iowa’s native snakes play important roles in the state’s ecosystem, often doing more good than harm for a homeowner through their appetite for more problematic rodents and insects. A few simple steps will keep snakes in nature instead of venturing into and around houses.
Adam Janke joined ISU Extension and Outreach as the extension wildlife specialist May 1. He also is an assistant professor in the Natural Resources Ecology and Management department.
Forgoing mowing in spring and delaying summer mowing allows sufficient time for Iowa’s breeding pheasants, quail, meadowlarks and 16 other common species of grassland-nesting birds to raise their young in nests they build during this time of the year.
Results of the Iowa DNR annual August Roadside Survey showed little change in gamebird populations from last year. Previous results have shown population declines in most years of the survey’s 55-year history.
Adam Janke, assistant professor and extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University, has authored a publication discussing chronic wasting disease and created a video with additional information about the disease that affects white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family.
Iowans may notice fewer scurrying squirrels in their yards, thanks to a late spring frost that negatively impacted hard nut production in many areas throughout the state.
Adam Janke, assistant professor and extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University, shares his first-hand encounter with a covey of bobwhite quail in the January issue of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Acreage Living Newsletter.
Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR), designed to combat water quality challenges in places like the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basin, and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), which sets aside 300,000 acres for wetland restoration and 100,000 acres for pollinator habitat across the country - are new additions to the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program.
The wildlife program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a new application to help Iowans find local contacts to help provide answers. The online application consolidates contact information for natural resource professionals in all corners of the state.
A revised Iowa Master Conservationist program will be offered in Mt. Pleasant this fall. Iowa Master Conservationist is an ISU Extension and Outreach program that teaches about wildlife and plant communities, and provides accurate information on a broad range of conservation issues.