EDITOR’S NOTE: This press release has been updated from a version published on April 22, 2021 to include a recording of the webinar.
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms April 28th webinar highlighted research being done on where pheasants nest and how to better manage areas to make them optimal for nesting.
During the webinar, Taylor Shirley, a graduate research assistant at Iowa State University, discussed findings from a recent study conducted by Iowa State University on pheasant nesting in southeastern Iowa. Shirley explored where pheasants choose to nest, what characteristics make an area optimal for nesting, and how areas can be managed to better meet the needs of nesting pheasants.
“Agriculture is a big part of Iowa’s landscape and many farmers and landowners are implementing practices to improve water and soil health. Many people also enjoy seeing pheasants and hope to bring populations up to the numbers we once had,” said Shirley. “In this presentation, we explore how agronomic practices like cover crops may help meet these goals.”
Shirley’s research focuses on the intersection of agriculture and wildlife conservation by exploring how cover crops may provide nesting cover for pheasants in Iowa.
Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
About Iowa Learning Farms
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.
— Iowa Learning Farms
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