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 …

Monsanto donates Middleton plant research facility to UW-Madison

A $10 million commercial biotech plant laboratory in Middleton, Wisconsin, first opened in 1982 with the help of University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists, will soon become part of UW–Madison following a donation from Monsanto Co. The facility, a labyrinth of greenhouses …

Cover crops in Wisconsin – Audio

Matt Ruark, Assistant Professor Department of Soil Science UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences mdruark@wisc.edu (608) 263-2889 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://waterwaynetwork.org/ 3:01 – Total Time 0:13 – What are cover crops 0:28 – Popular uses 0:46 – Reasons to …

Potato industry commits $5M to support UW-Madison potato and vegetable research program

Wisconsin’s potato industry has had a strong, decades-long partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s potato researchers, one that has helped place Wisconsin among the top three potato-producing states in the nation. Now, in order to ensure the ongoing strength of …

Variable tree growth after fire protects forests from future bark beetle outbreaks

Do severe wildfires make forests in the western United States more susceptible to future bark beetle outbreaks? The answer, in a study published Nov. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is no. By leading to variability …

Buckthorn Baggie kills invasive trees without chemicals

Every startup should have an origin story. Apple and its essential garage. The Wright brothers: two bicycle mechanics who invented one incredible flying machine. The genesis of the nontoxic Buckthorn Baggie starts with trees that refused to die. The common …

Wisconsin Bird Atlas draws on citizen science – Audio

Benjamin Zuckerberg, Assistant Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences bzuckerberg@wisc.edu (608) 263-0853 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://news.cals.wisc.edu/2016/06/24/for-the-birds-power-of-citizen-science/ 3:04 – Total Time 0:18 – Citizens build Wisconsin bird atlas 0:58 – Bird watching builds …

Giant forest fire leads to exodus of spotted owls, long-term study finds

As climate changes and wildfires get larger, hotter and more frequent, how should public lands in the American West be managed to protect endangered creatures that, like the spotted owl, rely on fire-prone old-growth forests? Could periodic forest thinning and …