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.

EHD infects deer in Iowa

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Chronic wasting disease isn’t the only health concern affecting deer in Iowa.

Recently, many dead deer have been found around Iowa near bodies of water. These deaths are most likely caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).

EHD destroys deer’s cell walls in their heart, lungs and diaphragm. Deer infected with EHD often stay close to water in order to combat the dehydration and fever they experience as a result of the disease.

Iowans are encouraged to contact their local conservation officer or wildlife biologist if they find a dead deer near water.

Read more here.

On the Radio: Smog creates health risks for Iowans

Smog over Chicago. Photo by Chronographia von Strangehours, Flickr

Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses the negative impact that smog has on Iowa and the rest of the Midwest.

Emphysema, bronchitis and asthma – those are just a few conditions that can be caused or worsened by smog, a form of pollution we usually associate with coastal states.

But there’s plenty of smog here in Iowa – enough to damage our health. Continue reading

Climate change coming to Iowa

Check out the Des Moines Register’s online coverage of climate change in Iowa.  The Register’s research looks at the future impact on communities, weather and agriculture across the state.  Here are some of the findings that the infographic showcases:

By the year 2090, a major flood could happen every ten years, according to projections from the National Wildlife Federation.

Crop productivity could decrease because of severe storms, floods and high heat.

The average annual temperature in Iowa could increase more than the global average during the next 90 years…

The Register’s findings are based on the research of Iowa State University Professor Gene Takle and other researchers contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 report as well as other reports.