Date: 7/25/22 7:03 am From: 'Stan Buman' via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Subject: RE: [ia-bird] Limpkin question - not sighting
That is good to know Ed. From what I have read, the invasive Apple Snail cannot withstand our cold winters (well, at least not yet). Maybe the Limpkins can help control the invasive Chinese Mystery Snail.
From: Ed <pfalcons...>
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2022 8:58 AM
Cc: Stan Buman <stan...>; <ia-bird...>
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.
Spirit Lake, Iowa
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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.