May 14 Virtual Field Day: Riparian Forest and Wildlife Habitat

May 5, 2020

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group, is hosting a free virtual field day on Thursday, May 14th at 1pm CDT. The event will include video footage from a local riparian forest area and live interaction with Billy Beck, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist and Adam Janke, Iowa State University Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist.

“These riparian forests represent a powerful tool in Iowa’s water quality effort. However, they are often overlooked and underutilized by agricultural landowners,” said Beck. Beck’s research and extension programming focuses on the impacts that trees, woodlands, and forests have on water quality and quantity in the Midwest. During the live event, Beck will highlight the water quality and flood mitigation benefits provided by healthy riparian forests, as well as offer tips for managing these areas to achieve maximum environmental and economic returns.

“Riparian forests are critical for many of Iowa’s wildlife,” says Janke. “I’m really excited to bring the virtual field day into these areas to observe some unique wildlife habitats, like dead trees, in-stream habitat, and even a great-blue heron rookery.”  Janke, whose research focuses on bird habitat in farmed Iowa landscapes, will highlight how wildlife use features like riparian areas in agricultural landscapes and lead a discussion on finding other opportunity areas for wildlife conservation in working landscapes.

Make plans to join us and chat with Billy and Adam by participating in the live field day. Shortly before 1:00 pm CDT on May 14th, click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser:

Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

    Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

    Meeting ID: 315 189 792

The field day will be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. The archive is available at

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live field day.

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.



Liz (Juchems) Ripley

Conservation Outreach Specialist