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 …

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 …

Upcoming UW organic ag field days will cover row crops and pastures, vegetable production

University of Wisconsin-Madison agricultural researchers will host two organic-focused field days in the Madison area this summer. The first will be held at Arlington Agricultural Research Station on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. and will focus on row crops …

August 11 field day: An organic grain toolbox

There are many reasons to grow organic grain: high demand for organic livestock feed, increased interest in locally produced food-grade grain, and seemingly tireless growth in the organic marketplace. However, weeds, the three-year transition, and a sometimes-steep learning curve can …

Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow motion pace

Although most of the terrestrial world is covered in trees, there are precious few vertebrates that make the canopy their home and subsist solely on a diet of leaves. Tree sloths are among the most emblematic tree-dwelling mammals. However, they …

For the birds: The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas draws on the power of citizen science

Slipping into a patch of woods in western Dane County, Jim Berkelman ignores the swarming mosquitoes and strains to sort through the early- morning chatter of warblers, robins and vireos and the nearby drum of a pileated woodpecker. “I’m hearing …

Stop the spiny water flea – Audio

Bret Shaw, Extension Environmental Communications Specialist (Music by Ella Shaw) Department of Life Sciences Communication UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 608.890.1878 brshaw@wisc.edu MORE INFORMATION HERE: http://news.cals.wisc.edu/2016/06/08/video-challenges-wisconsin-boaters-to-help-halt-spiny-water-flea-invasion/ http://stopthespiny.com/ 2:56 – Total Time 0:15 – Spiny water flea invasion 0:32 …

UW-Madison seeks to capitalize on push to harness helpful microbes

Since the 17th century, when Antonie van  Leeuwenhoek first observed microorganisms through the lens of a rudimentary microscope, humans have slowly come to appreciate that ours is a germy world. Through the ages with van Leeuwenhoek, Louis Pasteur and Robert …