Tag Ecology

Arboretum prairies offer rare refuge for vanishing bumblebee

October 4, 2016

A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to seek endangered status for the rusty-patched bumblebee has focused renewed attention on bumblebees living in the 1,200-acre natural area.

New study examines where and how climate change is altering species

September 19, 2016

A new study shows how and where changing climate conditions could affect the communities of species in any given area. In …

Thrive or fail: Examining forest resilience in the face of fires

September 2, 2016

“It’s not only western forests where these things matter, where disturbances and changing environments shape regional landscapes,” says Wisconsin researcher Monica Turner.

Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls, long-term study finds

August 2, 2016

A UW–Madison research group has documented an exodus of owls following the fierce, 99,000 acre King Fire in California in 2014.

Friendly fire

March 30, 2016

UW Arboretum land care staff member Austin Pethan uses a drip torch as a 10-person staff manages a prescribed fire at Juniper Knoll on March 29. Fire is used as a wildland management tool to help control competing vegetation, reduce potential buildup of excess flammable materials, and perpetuate fire-dependent species.

No snow, no hares: Climate change pushes emblematic species north

March 30, 2016

UW researchers report that the range of the snowshoe hare in Wisconsin is creeping north by about five and a half miles per decade.

60 years after pioneering survey, Wisconsin prairies are changing rapidly

February 19, 2016

Researchers have found that human influence has accelerated the rate of species change in these prairies and likely in other natural places.