Forest City, IA – Waldorf College biology professor, Dr. Paul Bartelt, will present his research on amphibians to the North Iowa Nature Club members on Wednesday, October 12.
Dr. Bartelt will speak about the importance of amphibians and the changes in their population in the North Iowa area.
“The amphibian population in the North Iowa area has declined dramatically from what was recorded in the 20th century,” said Dr. Bartelt. “The drained marshes for agriculture have led to a loss of habitat for the amphibians, which is a pretty good explanation of the decline.”
The North Iowa Nature Club’s treasurer, Pat Hansen, is thrilled to hear about Dr. Bartelt’s questions and research findings.
“I met Paul Bartelt at the RC&D picnic in Garner where he spoke to us about his research. We thought Paul would be a good local person to speak about the subject of frogs,” said Hansen.
The club is based in Mason City and has members from all over the North Iowa region.
Dr. Bartelt’s presentation will raise pertinent questions about how the amphibians are reacting to the agricultural landscape that has lost majority of its wetlands to the restored wetlands.
“As a college professor and research scientist, I feel an obligation to be a model for my students and communicate with the public,” he said. “It’s an interesting thing to help them understand what’s happening around them, and for me, it’s quenching my curiosity.”
The event will start at 7 p.m. in the Lime Creek Nature Center.
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