Tag Forest & wildlife ecology

Aldo Leopold’s words once again broadcast to the state

April 20, 2017

In celebration of Earth Day, one of his successors will read portions of conservationist and former UW professor Aldo Leopold’s radio addresses that originally aired more than 80 years ago.

Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass

April 17, 2017

In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those well acquainted with the insect’s natural gift for turning wood to dust.

Yellow fever killing thousands of monkeys in Brazil

March 21, 2017

In a vulnerable forest in southeastern Brazil, where the air was once thick with the guttural chatter of brown howler monkeys, there now exists silence. Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has killed thousands of monkeys since late 2016.

Spring is prescribed fire season for UW–Madison prairies

March 21, 2017

The smoke floating above the University of Wisconsin–Arboretum today signals that the prescribed fire season is underway at the Arboretum and Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

Forest ‘islands’ offer refuge to wintering birds

February 6, 2017

UW-Madison researchers studying forest microclimates show that these refuges may mean the difference between life and death for the black-capped chickadee and its kin.

Beyond eating: Indirectly, deer change the landscape

February 6, 2017

Scientists are studying how the animal’s behaviors affect the wildflowers and other herbs that blanket the forest floor.

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

November 7, 2016

Researchers say forest managers may want to consider promoting this natural variability to help protect forests from the insects.

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 …

Voracious Asian jumping worms strip forest floor and flood soil with nutrients

September 8, 2016

Asian jumping worms, an invasive species first found in Wisconsin in 2013, may do their work too well, speeding up the exit of nutrients from the soil before plants can process them.

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.

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

July 20, 2016

Tree sloths have a unique lifestyle: They make the canopy their home and subsist solely on a diet of leaves. Their slow motion lifestyle, according to a new study from UW–Madison scientists, is the direct result of the animal’s adaption to its arboreal niche.

Snapshot Wisconsin: Trail cams to document state’s wildlife

May 17, 2016

With the help of satellites and a global crowd-sourced database, Wisconsin’s wildlife will soon have its prime time moment.

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.

Arboretum review seeks to strengthen iconic research program

February 24, 2016

The Arboretum was dedicated in 1934 and has served as a laboratory for generations of field ecologists, including the iconic conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Bird habitat changing quickly as climate change proceeds

December 22, 2015

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 …