Tag Environment

Hugh Iltis, UW’s ‘battling botanist,’ dies at 91

December 30, 2016

Passionate, articulate and informed, Iltis was opinionated, sometimes argumentative, but always a fearless defender of the natural world he revered.

Aldo Leopold series involves community in environmental discussions

December 20, 2016

UW-Madison will honor pioneering conservationist Aldo Leopold’s legacy and connect it to our time with a wide-ranging series of seminars, lectures, and workshops.

Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

November 30, 2016

While water clarity in most Wisconsin lakes has not changed in 20 years, researchers say the fact that more lakes are getting worse signals there is work to be done.

Buckthorn Baggie kills invasive trees without chemicals

October 18, 2016

The problem was simple: Buckthorn kept resprouting in Matthew Hamilton's backyard after he cut it back. His patent-pending cure annihilates the weed tree once and for all.

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 …

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.

UW professor helps promote sustainability throughout the state

July 12, 2016

Tom Eggert and his colleagues at UW–Madison are helping businesses showcase their sustainable practices through the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife

May 25, 2016

It may be music to gardeners’ ears, but that tune could be alarming to some native and migratory birds and bugs.

Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup to release report, hold webinar on April 14

April 7, 2016

A UW–Madison/UW-Extension-led workgroup tasked with assessing manure irrigation practices will share its findings during a webinar on Thursday, April 14. Immediately following the webinar, the …

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.

Meet the student video contest winners!

February 10, 2016

Chancellor Rebecca Blank challenged students to create a 90-second video showing how they’re living the Wisconsin Idea. The prize: tickets to a men’s basketball game.