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Roadside Ride-Along, Countin' Critters

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Credit Pat Blank
Iowa DNR Biometrician (statistician) Chris Jennelle scouts for game birds and small animals during the annual Roadside Survey

Iowa's 15- day annual roadside survey is underway at 208 locations around the state. The 30 mile routes are driven at sunrise by Department of Natural Resources staff members along gravel roads. The surveyors watch for pheasants, cottontail and jack rabbits, quail and Hungarian partridge. The count helps gauge the well being of those species, with a focus on the pheasant population. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank tagged along on a survey in Story County.