Oxbow restoration topic of virtual field day in Iowa

Liz Ripley
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

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 returning oxbows on Iowa’s landscape on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. CST.

Restoring oxbows creates a multitude of benefits to the landscape, including improving water quality, offering flood storage capabilities and providing crucial wildlife habitat to a wide range of creatures, including endangered species like the Topeka Shiner.

Join the presenters for a virtual tour of a restored oxbow and live conversation with Karen Wilke, Iowa freshwater specialist and Boone River project director for The Nature Conservancy; Jeff Pudenz, Greene County landowner; Darrick Weissenfluh, private lands fish and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Dylan Osterhaus and Sam Leberg, research assistants at Iowa State University.

“Building off our ILF webinar about oxbows, this virtual tour will dive deeper into the site characteristics, survey, design, and monitoring aspects of oxbow restorations,” said Wilke. “Find out how simple restorations can be and how abundant of an opportunity we have with oxbows!”

To participate in the live virtual field day at 1 p.m. CST on Jan. 21, click this URL, https://bit.ly/38oopd4, or visit https://bit.ly/35j3035 and click “Join Live Virtual Field Day.”

Or, join from a dial-in phone line

Dylan Osterhaus and Sam Leberg, research assistants at Iowa State University, seining an oxbow in Iowa to examine the wildlife living within.