Nongame Wildlife

Bald Eagle Nesting in Iowa 2012

Eagles are monitored both opportunistically and sentinelly (since 2010) in Iowa by volunteers. It appears the average young per nest has stayed above one and Iowa has at least 222 active eagle territories.

Iowa's Midwestern Bald Eagle Survey 2012

With the average ice cover very low at 38.4 percent compared to 65.4 percent in 2011, numbers of eagles counted was expectedly less than in 2011, as the birds are less concentrated and harder to detect: the 2012 count was 3232 (still high), and the 2011 count was 3674. Fifty-three routes were completed in 45 counties Jan.4 through Jan. 18.

Iowa's Frog and Toad Survey 2012

Volunteers follow an established 10-stop route, identifying all species by their unique call. The Boreal Chorus Frog was the most detected species, followed by American Toad and Eastern Gray Treefrog.

Trends in Iowa Wildlife Populations and Harvest
Also known as the Logbook, this document is complied annually by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau. Publication for the preceding calendar year usually occurs in September. Information includes: White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkeys, Furbearers, Waterfowl, Upland Wildlife, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagle, River Otter, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Gray Wolf, Trumpeter Swan, Greater Prairie Chicken, Bowhunter Observation Survey and the Ruffed Grouse Survey.

Ophiogomphus smithi in Northeast Iowa, 2011

Established as a species and named in 2004, a survey of this dragonfly conducted in summer 2011 produced eight additional sites, all found north and east of the Cedar River. Previously, only five sites were known in Iowa.