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Wildlife Extension and Outreach

Our mission is to serve and educate Iowans about our diverse wildlife resources, their habits, and habitats so as to ensure positive interactions with wildlife and the sustainability of our rich wildlife heritage.

We believe that an understanding of ecological relationships and natural resource management is critical to the economic, biologic, and aesthetic well-being of the people of Iowa.

Thus, we provide information and education that helps all Iowans:

  • Appreciate and enhance wildlife and their habitats;
  • Wisely manage wildlife resources so that they are sustainable over time;
  • Manage habitat for wildlife;
  • Manage interactions between people and wildlife.

This website will give you an overview of the programs, publications, and partnerships we use to achieve our mission. We welcome your questions, ideas and suggestions.


Wildlife Conservation

Learn about Iowa's wildlife, where they live, and how you can manage your property for wildlife - from the backyard to the back forty and beyond.

Resources for farmers and ranchers.

Resources for homeowners.

Recent News

August 10, 2016

Wildlife Extension Specialist Adam Janke joined a conversation on the new proposed regulations for commercial and sport harvest of turtles in Iowa. Fast forward to the 23:00 minute mark in the audio from the River to River show on Iowa public radio linked here to learn more about the issue.

August 9, 2016

Former ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist and emeritus faculty member Dr. Jim Pease was back on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa recently discussing the history and perhaps the future of carnivores like wolves, mountain lions, and bears in Iowa. Tune in for the whole conversation from IPR at this link.

August 9, 2016

Some folks in southern Iowa had an unexpected sight this summer: an armadillo!  These southern mammals have been expanding their range northward over the last few years due to a number of factors, including warmer winters associated with climate change.  Although resident populations still don't occur in, or even very near, Iowa, we do occasionally see a vagrant visitor along our southern borders.

July 17, 2016

A rooster ring-necked phesant in a grass field.

Check out our article in the Acreage Living Newsletter from ISU Extension and Outreach.  Learn about how you can manage food and cover to "set the table" for survival and reproduction of Iowa's favorite game birds -- ring-necked pheasants and northern bobwhites -- on any sized property.

June 27, 2016

A black bear in a corn field near Yellow River State Forest

This black bear made news headlines throughout the state after it was photographed in a corn field near Yellow River State Forest (Allamakee County) in far northeastern Iowa.  Bears are only occasional visitors to the state, making their way down in search of food and other bears from established populations in Minnesota or Wisconsin.  Read the full article from the Des Moines Register to learn more about this bear, or check out the resources from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources about other occasional visitors to our state.