Iowa DNR trains volunteers to monitor wildlife


Photo by smalleraperture, Flickr.
Photo by smalleraperture, Flickr.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is training volunteers around Iowa to help monitor the state’s wildlife.

The volunteers will get trained in February, March and April to monitor either raptors and colonial waterbirds or frogs and toads.

Monitoring these populations can indicate issues with different wildlife habitats. For instance, the frogs and toads depend on clean water, so a decline in their population may indicate a lack of clean water sources.

For more information on the training sessions, click here.

UI to release field guides on Midwestern frogs, toads and turtles


Photo by Mahalie Stackpole, Flickr.

The University of Iowa Press will release two new guides on some Midwestern wildlife on Nov. 22.

Read more from a UI news release below:

Two new Bur Oak Guides — Turtles in Your Pocket and Frogs and Toads in Your Pocket — will become available from the University of Iowa Press on Nov. 22.

Both laminated, fold-out pocket guides were written by Terry VanDeWalle, a senior biologist with Stantec Consulting, and feature photographs by Suzanne L. Collins, an executive officer of the Center for North American Herpetology. Continue reading

Iowa groups use music to teach children environmental literacy


Iowa groups are using music to teach children about environmentalism. Ames Public Library, Iowa State University Extension and Iowa Learning Farms partnered together to create a CD entitled Dogs, Frogs and Nature Songs. The Iowa group Joyful Hearts created the music for this CD.

Wallaces Farmer reports that the songs also serve as a learning aide: Continue reading