By Laura Spess Jackson
The Iowa Breeding poultry Atlas—the first finished statewide survey of Iowa's breeding birds—provides an in depth checklist of the composition and distribution of the avifauna of the Hawkeye nation. The atlas files the presence of 199 species, 158 of which have been proven breeding. This landmark quantity will alert Iowans to the restricted distribution of diverse species and function a consultant to the administration practices—such as wooded area and wetland administration, set-aside courses, relief in farm chemical use, and crop diversity—which may aid insure that many destiny alterations are confident ones. The Iowa Breeding chicken Atlas presents a welcome and much-needed baseline for destiny comparisons of alterations in Iowa's birdlife and, by means of extension, the lives of all animals within the nation.
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For additional information, contact the Iowa Ornithologists' Union, 4024 Arkansas Drive, Ames, Iowa 50014. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) seeks to conserve, protect, and enhance the nation's fish and wildlife resources and habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Programs include management of migratory birds and interjurisdictional fish, protection and recovery of endangered species, research, recreation, education, administration of the national wildlife refuge system, and law enforcement.
The Des Moines River cuts through the middle of the Des Moines Lobe and forms a deep river valley which has incised into rock. Woodlands in this region are most extensive along the Des Moines River and its tributaries. Northwest Iowa Plains The northwestern corner of Iowa is referred to as the Northwest Iowa Plains. A well-established drainage network is present across the region, resulting in a gently rolling landscape. The western half of this region is underlain by Pre-Illinoian till, while the eastern half is covered by Wisconsinan till deposited before the advance of the Des Moines Lobe.
Atlas information was also gathered by contacting landowners, graduate students in wildlife biology, and public land managers. Private landowners and public land managers were generally able to provide data on waterfowl, hawks, Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, owls, and Whippoor-will. They were also able to document many "backyard" species, such as Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Purple Martin, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, House Wren, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, and American Goldfinch.