ecology


Perhaps you’ve noticed: It’s spring and the Plants Are Blooming. Maybe it’s the smell of the lilacs, or the buzzing of bees. Or perhaps it’s the lush greens and bursts of color blurring your field of vision. But have you ever wondered how the landscape transitions from the brown drab of […]

Why flowers need winter


A rusty-patched bumblebee on Culver’s root in the UW–Madison Arboretum. The Arboretum’s insecticide-free prairies, woodlands and gardens are a paradise for the rusty-patched and at least a dozen other bumblebee species. PHOTO: SUSAN DAY/UW-MADISON ARBORETUM
This winter may now feel a shade lonelier for a handful of bumble bee princesses tucked away underground in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, but they will probably wake up in the spring to a larger group of human admirers. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared rusty-patched […]

Happy in the Arb, endangered in the world


Two cyclists on Madison's Capital City Loop, November 2016
This post comes courtesy of Jenny Seifert, science writer and outreach coordinator for the Water Sustainability and Climate Project at UW–Madison. A version of this story first appeared last month on WSC’s blog, Yahara in situ: Staying cool may not be a concern to Madisonians at this time of the year, […]

Biking, for science




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




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