Animals


A female Norwegian Atlantic salmon swims in a fish tank as part of a research study at the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 7, 2017.  (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
According to a recently published study, invasive quagga mussels in Lake Michigan, paired with decreasing nutrient availability, could explain an observed decline in food chain productivity in Lake Michigan. Currently, Lake Michigan is in the midst of a decade-long decline in food chain productivity, or the lake’s ability to produce […]

Going hungry in Lake Michigan





close-up of owl with researcher looking through medical instrument to it's eye.
Some of nature’s most interesting eyes will alight on campus this Saturday for the third annual Vision at the Arboretum, an opportunity to learn more about your own sight through the prism of some flying peepers. “Studies of animal vision help us to understand our own visual system,” says Nansi […]

Vision at the Arboretum: Get eye-to-eye with a bat.


Fish near the shore of a lake
Last Wednesday, the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison shared the following tweet from a graduate student in the department: If you’re near @WiscLimnology or @LakeMendota today – stop by the shoreline to witness carp spawning. Hundreds of carp + clear water phase! — Samantha Oliver (@limnoliver) May 25, 2016 We wasted […]

Clear water in Lake Mendota is a chance to watch ...


A young fox kit investigates a game camera on the UW-Madison campus
Why is David Drake, head of the UW-Madison Urban Canid Project, in this video from Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) talking about hazing coyotes? Watch and learn. And you may be thinking: “Hazing? Why hazing? I thought only fraternities did that?” As it happens, the word haze is routinely […]

How to haze a coyote




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If you live in Wisconsin, fish are important. The Friday night fish fry is a sacred, culture-driven meal. Fishing, whether in an urban pond, an icy Driftless Area trout stream or a Vilas County lake, is a cherished tradition, often a bonding experience between parent and child or with friends. […]

Let’s Go Fish!


Mastodon skull on cart
Many of Wisconsin’s most charismatic fossils are of Ice Age megafauna. The Boaz mastodon is Exhibit A. On display at the UW-Madison Geology Museum since 1915, the elephant like mastodon was recently discovered to be a composite of fossil material collected not only at Boaz, a sleepy town just off […]

A Legacy of Pleistocene Megafauna