Oxbow Restoration Is the Topic of Virtual Field Day

Learn about the importance of oxbows to the state of Iowa

January 8, 2021, 10:17 am | Liz Ripley

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on returning oxbows on Iowa’s landscape on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. CST.

Restoring oxbows creates a multitude of benefits to the landscape including improving water quality, offering flood storage capabilities and providing crucial wildlife habitat to a wide range of creatures, including endangered species like the Topeka Shiner.

An oxbow in Iowa.Join the presenters for a virtual tour of a restored oxbow and live conversation with Karen Wilke, Iowa freshwater specialist and Boone River project director for The Nature Conservancy; Jeff Pudenz, Greene County landowner; Darrick Weissenfluh, private lands fish and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Dylan Osterhaus and Sam Leberg, Research Assistants at Iowa State University.

“Building off our ILF webinar about oxbows, this virtual tour will dive deeper into the site characteristics, survey, design, and monitoring aspects of oxbow restorations,” said Wilke. “Find out how simple restorations can be and how abundant of an opportunity we have with oxbows!”

To participate in the live virtual field day at 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 21, click this URL, https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduihpj8iE9ZHcjpsenc2DWQILG41wg0D, or visit www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day.”

Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923; meeting ID 914 1198 4892.

The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website so that it can be watched at any time. The archive will be available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/events.

Participants may be eligible for a Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit. Information about how to apply to receive the CEU (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.


Original photo: Studying an oxbow. Dylan Osterhaus and Sam Leberg, research assistants at Iowa State University, seining the oxbow to examine the wildlife living within.

About the Authors: 

Liz Ripley

Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks!