Scientists Study Endangered Species in Iowa's Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve | Iowa Land and Sky

Scientists Study Endangered Species in Iowa's Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve | Iowa Land and Sky
Scientists Study Endangered Species in Iowa's Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve | Iowa Land and Sky
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With 510 acres, Big Sand Mound is home to undisturbed prairies, shallow ponds and woodlands, and it has the highest concentration of threatened and endangered species in the state. Of more than 400 different plants at the site, 80 percent are native. The preserve is jointly owned by MidAmerican Energy Company and Monsanto Company, with MidAmerican Energy owning 420 acres and Monsanto owning 90. Josh Otten, scientist and researcher, and Don Becker, conservation technologist, explain the processes used to track, monitor, and protect yellow mud turtles, ornate box turtles, and the pocket mouse. 

 

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