ecology


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



An aerial view of the Yahara watershed
Minnesota may be called the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but Wisconsin probably has more. Likely, it has more. Or maybe it doesn’t. It’s a matter of opinion. Or, definition. Apparently, the exact number isn’t well known. What is known is that many places in Wisconsin are defined by their lakes, from Rock […]

Modeling the future of a watershed




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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!


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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



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The lake has been invaded and the UW-Madison Center for Limnology (CFL) is asking for your help tracking the impact of these invaders. In a series of blog posts, CFL graduate student Jake Walsh describes how the spiny water flea – an invasive zooplankton first found in Lake Mendota in 2009 […]

Lake Mendota needs your help


When Trish O’Kane assigned students in What does the fox say? Sustainability from a non-human perspective to spend 30 minutes a day at a chosen spot on the UW-Madison campus, nobody expected this to happen! More: Students provide feedback and lessons learned for campus master plan

Assignment: Life in the woods