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Understanding How Wildlife Deals With Winter

Michael Leland
Iowa Public Radio
Wildlife biologist Jim Pease joins River to River to explain how birds and mammals survive the winter months and what you can do provided the nutrition they may need along the way.

It’s rare that winter weather reaches these extremes.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks to professor of meteorology Alan Czarnetzki about the prolonged polar plunge gripping the country. Czarnetzki also explains why this polar vortex has delivered the most extreme winter weather in years.

Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Payne joins the conversation to talk about a bill in the Iowa Legislature that would offer the possibility of parole for some Iowans serving a life sentence and Grant Gerlock updates us on how Iowa schools are coping with the cold in addition to COVID-19.

Later in the program, Iowa State University wildlife biologist Jim Pease describes how creatures great and small are coping with frigid temps.

Michael Leland
Iowa Public Radio


  • Kate Payne, eastern Iowa reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Grant Gerlock, reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Alan Czarnetzki, professor of meteorology, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jim Pease, emeritus associate professor, natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, and environmental, interpretive, and wildlife consulting
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa