Restoring Rare Habitats for Wildlife and Water Quality – Beaver Habitat

Tuesday, Aug. 4 | 5 – 5:30 p.m.

In partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Jeff Nancy DarrickIowa once boasted an incredibly diverse landscape. In this three-part series, landowners Jeff and Nancy will share their vision for their land and discuss the work they are doing on their property to restore rare and declining habitats, including fens, oxbows, beaver habitat, oak savanna and more. Also hear about Jeff’s ongoing partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and learn about financial and technical assistance opportunities from USFWS biologist Darrick Weissenfluh.

IMG 1133[1]Part 2 of this series will explore the work that Jeff, Nancy and Darrick have done to return beavers to the landscape and improve water quality in the North Raccoon River watershed.

Host: Jeff Pudenz

The Speakers:

Jeff Pudenz is a farmer and businessman from Greene County, Iowa, who has been active in conservation since 1970. Jeff and his wife Nancy have received Iowa Farm Environment Leadership and Blackhawk Watershed Conservation awards and have experience with a wide array of conservation programs and practices.

IMG 1132[1]Darrick Weisenfluh is a fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program stationed in Kossuth County, Iowa. Through the program, Darrick provides technical and cost-share assistance to private landowners in the Des Moines Lobe.

Series Topics:

  • Habitat establishment and management
  • Rare habitats
  • Fens
  • Oxbows
  • Oak savanna
  • Financial and technical assistance
  • Conservation programs
  • Land protection
  • Trusts

Other Events in the Series:

Note: You may attend all events in the series, or pick the ones you’re most interested in.

Format: Virtual Field Day (#2 of Series)

Platform: Zoom

This field day is sponsored by Iowa Environmental Council.


This field day was made possible in part by the support of Ceres Trust.


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