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Iowa's Nature Series Tells The Story Of A Land Between Two Rivers And Its Rich Heritage

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Illustration by Travis James.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Composition of the official state symbols of Iowa: the oak tree, American goldfinch, wild rose, and geode.

Iowa has no mountains, access to an ocean, or even particularly large lakes. But Iowa is beautiful and there’s a great deal to explore and learn about in our natural environment.

Iowa State University Extension is set to prove that with their newly released comprehensive guide to nature: Iowa’s Nature Series. The 10 part series gives an updated, in-depth look at Iowa’s landforms and geology, soils, eco-systems, animals- large and small, insects and even some of the influential voices who have hailed from Iowa and helped to shape this state. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with three of the 35 authors who put the Iowa Nature Series together.


  • Adam Janke, assistant professor, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Iowa State University
  • Pete Moore, adjunct assistant professor in Natural Resource and Ecology Management, Iowa State University
  • Stephanie Sheppard, wildlife diversity biologist, Iowa DNR
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa