Forest ‘islands’ offer refuge to wintering birds

The polar vortex of 2013 and 2014 brought the coldest winter many parts of the Midwest had experienced in decades. In Dane County, Wisconsin, it was the coldest it had been in 35 years. By coincidence, that same winter, University …

Beyond eating: Indirectly, deer change the landscape

It is widely known that the white-tailed deer is a nonstop eater. Unless it is sleeping or fleeing from a predator, the keystone North American herbivore is nearly always nibbling. Ecologically, deer herbivory is a fairly well understood phenomenon. The …

Tropical moth alights in UW’s Botany Garden, a Wisconsin first

The subtle nuances of how seeds become plants are University of Wisconsin–Madison botany Professor Edgar Spalding’s day job. Just down Bascom Hill from Spalding’s lab, squeezed between Birge Hall and University Avenue, is UW–Madison’s renowned Botanical Garden, a flower-filled teaching …

UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative winners include CALS-led projects

Fourteen research and infrastructure projects – including four with CALS participants – have been selected by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for support from the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative. The four …

Bird habitat changing quickly as climate change proceeds

The climatic conditions needed by 285 species of land birds in the United States have moved rapidly between 1950 and 2011 as a result of climate change, according to a recent paper published in Global Change Biology. “Our goal was …

Heat waves hit heat islands hardest

Extreme summers like that of 2012 — which saw record temperatures in cities across the U.S. — may be atypical, but experts say they will return, especially as the planet warms under climate change. And as they do, cities will …

Soybeans and changing climate – Audio

Shawn Conley, Extension Wheat and Soybean Agronomist Department of Agronomy UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (608) 262-7975 spconley@wisc.edu Soybeans adapting to a variable climate 3:01 Total Time 0:15 – Variable weather hampers soybean productivity 0:57 – Economic hit, …