By Hilary Pierce and Jacqueline Comito—Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, December 18th, at 12:00 pm about opportunities for the restoration of farmland wildlife in Iowa.
Farmland wildlife, including many grassland breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, and other species were once constituted by-products of Iowa’s diversified agricultural production practices that included hay, pasture, small grains, and other crops. Today, less wildlife thrives in row cropped landscapes, but coupling wildlife habitat conservation with efforts to improve water and soil health offers promise for restoring farmland wildlife to rural Iowa. Adam Janke, assistant professor at Iowa State University, will explore these synergies and discuss the promise of using natural features and processes to improve water quality and wildlife habitat on the same acres.
Janke’s research seeks to understand how wildlife, especially birds, use agricultural landscapes in order to help farmers, landowners, and policy makers find opportunity areas for wildlife conservation in working landscapes. He hopes that participants will learn to recognize opportunity areas for coupling wildlife habitat conservation with soil and water conservation practices that benefit farms, farmers, and downstream or down-flyway neighbors. “Coupling water quality conservation practices with wildlife conservation practices is a promising effort to achieve multifunctional rural landscapes that are good for people, water, wildlife, and land,” Janke said.
Participants can earn one Certified Crop Adviser board approved continuing education unit (1 CEU: Soil & Water Management) for those able to watch the live webinar. Presenters will give information for submitting your CCA/CPAg/CPSS/CPSC number to earn the credit at the end of the presentation.
To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12:00 pm on December 18th to download the Zoom software and log in option. Iowa Learning Farms will record and archive the webinar on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.