Learning about diversity through video 

Enjoy these videos that explore the diversity of Iowa's resources

Learning about Birds of Prey

Check out this video from Iowa Public Television's Iowa Outdoors show that features the Bald Eagle Day held in Marion County / Lake Red Rock! Also check out the Iowa Outdoors website!

Trumpeter Swan Placement

Take a peek into the restored DeCook Wetland in Marion County where trumpeter swans were placed in April 2011. The 200+ acre restored wetland is enrolled through the Wetlands Reserve Program under a permanent easement so that it can never be altered. This wetland is quite notable, not only for the improvement of water quality and flood control, but the magnificent diversity of waterfowl and wildlife that visit and utilize the area

Fall Migration Celebration

The Fall Migration Celebration in 2010 celebrates the diversity of our river corridors.  Pat Schlarbaum, Iowa DNR, and Kay Neumann, SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources, talk about how ospreys and owls use the river corridors and the importance of quality water and habitat. Watch two rehabilitated barred owls being released back to the wild.**

Mud Stops Here

This 1991 USDA-produced video about the sedimentation problems of Lake Red Rock. The year and the people involved have changed, unfortunately sedimentation is still a problem! Visit the rivergages page to check the current pool level of the reservoir.

They Made the Earth Tremble

While many of us do not remember active coal mining in southern Iowa, the Marion County Development Commission produced a wonderful video in 1997 documenting the coal mining history. Check the list of oral history participants at the end of the video. None of these folks are still with us today -- are any of them your relative?

Bluer Shade of Blue

Video documenting the impacts of lead poisoning on raptors (primarily eagles) was added to the song "Bluer Shade of Blue," written by Iowa singer songwriter Chad Elliot for SOAR. The production of this video was a SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources contribution to the Gladys Black Education Project.

Look, Learn, and Listen

Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp defines the tools you need to have be a great observer of nature… a naturalist.**  These are the “tools” that naturalists use:

  • Observation – look and notice what is around, be observant to change
  • Read books – whether that is reading or searching through a field guide or reading a book about the local landscape, geology, or animals
  • Talk to experts – if you want to expand what you know about something, find a local expert on that subject to help you learn more 

Owls and their Unique Characteristics

Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp helps us learn about owl eyes, ears, feathers, and feet.**

Knowledge + Caring = Responsible Choices

Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp focuses this segment on personal responsibility and introduces viewers to a male education barred owl and answers questions from the audience.**

Hoot and Toot

Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp uses sound and song to help you learn the calls of the eastern screech owl, barred owl, and great horned owl.**

Your Wild Place

Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp reminds us about the wild places we had / have as children and how the memories created in those wild places help us develop our own conservation ethic.**

Instilling Awareness, Value, and Action

Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp introduces us to Aldo Leopold and Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods.”  He goes on to help us understand why birds are a great tool to excite students.  Birding is a gateway to studying nature and the outdoors.**

Stimulating Curiosity

Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp talks about how stimulating curiosity leads to awareness.  Awareness leads to building knowledge and we are once again reminded how knowledge plus caring equals responsible choices as Mike introduces us to an education female red-tailed hawk.**


Mike Havlik from the Des Moines YMCA Camp explains that we don’t learn about the education red-tailed hawk… but that the hawk teaches us so much and that we each take away something different after seeing her.**

2009 Blessing of the Birds

Yankton Sioux Chief Golden Eagle celebrated bird migration and eagle release in September 2009 at Horn's Ferry Bridge in Marion County. Three eagles rehabilitated at SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources were released after Chief Golden Eagle and other tribal members sang a song to honor the eagle and the teachings we have from the animal nations. Keep watching to learn about the significance of eagles to the Chief's bonnet.**

U of MN Raptor Center: Hawks

Staff from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center help us learn the characteristics that make birds specifically a raptor and then learn about the most common hawk we see in our area.**

U of MN Raptor Center: Falcons

U of MN Raptor Center staff introduces us to the peregrine falcon and the characteristics that separate falcons from other raptors.**

U of MN Raptor Center: Owls

U of MN Raptor Center staff introduces us to owls with the help of an education great horned owl.**

U of MN Raptor Center: Eagles

U of MN Raptor Center staff introduces us to eagles with the help of an education bald eagle.**

**Video prepared with support from a 2012 Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP-CEP) grant.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the REAP-CEP Board.