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Our Mission

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.

Program Staff

Adam Janke presenting in the fieldThe wildlife program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is led by Dr. Adam Janke, the statewide Wildlife Extension Specialist in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Adam is a trained wildlife biologist, having received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in wildlife conservation and ecology from three land-grant schools in the Midwest.  He is also certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society and is active in regional and national efforts for wildlife conservation and education.  

Adam conducts research and outreach efforts that focus on finding opportunities for strengthening wildlife conservation in working landscapes in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. He also coordinates the Iowa Master Conservationist Program to help counties educate conservation leaders throughout the state.

Feel free to contact Adam with questions about wildlife conservation and management in Iowa, to learn more about wildlife extension or the Master Conservationist Program, to provide feedback on this website, or make requests for new content.


Contact Information


Address: 203 Science Hall II

               2310 Pammel Drive

               Ames, IA 50011