Iowa's Changing Wildlife
Three Decades of Gain and Loss
by James J. Dinsmore; Stephen J. Dinsmore
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Pub Date 05 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 05 Dec 2023
University of Iowa Press, University Of Iowa Press
Much has changed with Iowa’s wildlife in the years 1990 to 2020. Some species such as Canada goose, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer that once were rare in Iowa are now common, and others like sandhill crane, river otter, and trumpeter swan are becoming increasingly abundant. Iowa’s Changing Wildlife provides an up-to-date, scientifically based summary of changes in the distribution, status, conservation needs, and future prospects of about sixty species of Iowa’s birds and mammals whose populations have increased or decreased in the past three decades. Readers will learn more about familiar species, become acquainted with the status of less familiar species, and find out how many of the species around them have fared during this era of transformation.
Book includes 31 b&w maps and 23 b&w images.
“Two of Iowa’s greatest authorities on wildlife from two generations, who saw remarkable changes, report on the state of Iowa’s wildlife in this wonderful book. It is essential reading for Iowa’s wildlife enthusiasts of today and will be an invaluable resource for Iowa’s wildlife enthusiasts of the future."—Adam Janke, Iowa State University
“Since Iowa is one of Earth’s most modified landscapes, it’s critically important to examine how native animals have changed in response. Here the Dinsmores provide well-synthesized wildlife records, as well as rich, historically accurate stories about Iowa’s remaining birds and mammals. This book opens the door to understanding the diverse and fascinating lives that still abound around us.”—Cornelia F. Mutel, author, A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland
“For wildlife enthusiasts, this book is the perfect companion to A Country So Full of Game, the 1994 volume that traced the history of Iowa wildlife since European settlement of the Midwest. This book traces the efforts and successes in recovery of many wildlife species since that time and the quiet disappearance of some others. Their collective future, as the Dinsmores make clear, is up to us.”—Jim Pease, retired Iowa State University extension wildlife specialist
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I am a Wisconsinite and am not a real birder, but my sister lives on farmland in south central Wisconsin and while we enjoy the same birds as Iowa, we find their numbers diminishing as well. This work details the results of the hard work it took to get the positive results of increased numbers of each type of fauna which were near to extinction over a hundred years ago. Great work was done but more needs to be done. I seem to have missed reference to the problems we've noticed here, namely herbicides and insecticides. Excellent study with finely detailed drawings and easy to read maps and charts. Very worthwhile read.
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A wonderful account of the evolution of Iowa's changing wildlife. I live in Iowa, I was born and raised here, so personally I found this book especially riveting.
Thank you to the author for your excellent research and for capturing this fascinating information!