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Climate change alters the cast of winter birds

Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America’s backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate. [caption id="attachment_16571" align="alignleft" width="319"] A mix of birds gather around a snow-covered bird feeder during a winter day. According to UW researchers, birds typically found in more southerly regions are gradually pushing north — a likely result of climate change. Photo: Martha Allen/Cornell Lab of Ornithology[/caption] Writing this week in the journal Global Change Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison wildlife biologists Benjamin Zuckerberg andKarine Princé document that once rare wintering bird species are now commonplace in the American Northeast. Using more than two decades of data on 38 species of birds gathered by thousands of “citizen scientists” through the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch, the Wisconsin researchers show that birds typically found in more southerly regions are gradually pushing north, restructuring the communities of birds that spend their winters in northern latitudes. [caption id="attachment_16570" align="alignleft" width="250"] Carolina wrens, which have greatly expanded their wintering range, sit atop a snowman’s head. Photo: ...
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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Climate change alters the cast of winter birds

Two CALS professors named AAAS fellows

Two CALS faculty members are among four from the UW-Madison that were recently elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). UW-Madison’s honorees are: -Alan D. Attie, professor of biochemistry, “for distinguished contributions to genetics and endocrinology, particularly through characterization of the genetics of diabetes in mouse model systems.” -Andrew F. Bent, professor of plant pathology, “for distinguished contributions in dissecting molecular interactions between plant pathogens and their host, and for selfless leadership in his professional societies.” -Manos Mavrikakis, professor of chemical and biological engineering, “for outstanding contributions to our fundamental understanding of the site-specific chemical reactions leading to new catalytic materials.” -Deane Mosher, professor of biomolecular chemistry, “for illuminating the roles of fibronectin, vitronectin, and thrombospondins in cell adhesion and migration, the assembly of the extracellular matrix, and human disease.” Since 1874, members of AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, have elected fellows based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science. The fellows will be formally inducted Feb. 14, 2015 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. The original UW-Madison news ...
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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Two CALS professors named AAAS fellows
Food Systems

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers offered in January

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers, a three-day workshop for anyone planning to start a fresh market vegetable farm, will be offered January 9-11, 2015 on the UW-Madison campus. The program, now in its 17th year, serves new and beginning farmers seeking to grow and market fresh produce. “Our focus is to provide information and inspiration to help new growers make smart business decisions about production, marketing, pricing, capitalization and labor. We accomplish this by having a team of experienced growers do the majority of the teaching,” says school coordinator John Hendrickson, an outreach specialist with the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management and equipment needs, and get real-world perspectives on the financial and quality-of-life realities of running a small-scale farm. “Our instructors provide a wealth of practical knowledge and insight into what it takes to operate a farm business,” observes Hendrickson. “While we do spend a good bit of time on production details, perhaps more critical to success is planning, marketing and business management. This is where the experience of our grower-instructors can help people avoid costly mistakes.” The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers is sponsored by ...
Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers offered in January
CALS in the Media

New Madison Science Museum in works for downtown

Isthmus
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New Madison Science Museum in works for downtown
CALS in the Media

Strangers in your backyard? Thank climate change

Audubon magazine
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Strangers in your backyard? Thank climate change
CALS in the Media

What’s the buzz? Midwest farmers offered federal aid to support bees

Wisconsin State Journal
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What’s the buzz? Midwest farmers offered federal aid to support bees