Iowa Considering Turtle Harvest Season


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A painted turtle near the Cedar River in Iowa. Photo by Heishehui; Flickr.

Iowa’s turtle populations are unlikely to sustain the current level of commercial harvest. Overharvesting of turtles with little to no regulation and loss of habitat are two reasons for concern.

Then Iowa Environmetal Council reported that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a turtle harvest season to protect female turtles while they are nesting.

Stakeholders have until February 23, 2014 to provide comments to Martin Konrad at his email address: Martin.Konrad@dnr.iowa.gov.

To read more about the potential harvest season, click here.

DOT builds pond along with the Highway 100 extension project to protect turtles


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Photo by wplynn; Flickr

After a long delay of the $200-million project set out to extend Highway 100 from Edgewood Road NE west and south to Highway 30, law suits against the project were dismissed. The dismissal was due to the approval for full funding of the highway by the Iowa Transportation Commission. Continue reading

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