Date: 7/25/22 6:57 am
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Subject: Re: [ia-bird] Limpkin question - not sighting
I talked to Ben Wallace , Fisheries Biologist for the Iowa DNR stationed at Black Hawk Lake and he was told that those snails are Chinese Mystery Snails.
Good Birdin’,
Ed Thelen
Spirit Lake, Iowa

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On Jul 25, 2022, at 8:17 AM, <aj...> wrote:


For what it’s worth, I found this article about the explosion in Ohio - http://ryansweeklywildlife.blogspot.com/2020/01/expanding-at-snails-pace.html.

Ann Johnson
Norwalk



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Sent: Monday, July 25, 2022 8:08 AM
To: <ia-bird...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Limpkin question - not sighting

From the limited reading that I have done, it seems Limpkins have an infinity for Apple Snails. Do I understand correctly that Apple Snails are not native to Iowa?

When I look thru my photos from Saturday morning, the Limpkin is definitely eating snails. If there is a “snail expert” in Iowa, it would be interesting to know what species of snail is being consumed by the Limpkin.

This might help us understand why Limpkins are showing up in the Midwest.

There is getting to be a pretty good-sized collection of snail shells around one of the matts of vegetation that the Limpkin stands on to devour its prey.


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