Tag Wildlife

Citizen observations help inform Arboretum’s annual account of spring

March 7, 2017

Both official and unofficial observations curated by UW–Madison Arboretum staff suggest that the mild winter of 2017 is leading to earlier spring activity in some plants and animals.

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 …

New virus found during investigation into largemouth bass fish kill

August 5, 2016

The virus has been identified in association with a die-off of largemouth bass in Pine Lake in Wisconsin’s Forest County.

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.

Veterinary medicine partnership with community saves baby crane

December 18, 2015

A young Wisconsin sandhill crane is back to full health and flying south for the winter thanks to a partnership with the School of Veterinary medicine.

Wild, wild campus: A visual sampling of the creatures among us

June 16, 2015

A campus wouldn’t be a campus without bricks and mortar, without indoor spaces to teach and learn and conduct research — especially when winter hits hard across the Midwest. But at UW–Madison, we also place great value on outdoor spaces, those spots where nature has dibs.

Bad news for bats: deadly fungus persists in caves

December 14, 2012

Researchers have found that the organism that causes deadly white-nose syndrome persists in caves long after it has killed the bats in those caves. A study just published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows that the fungus can survive in soil for months, even years, after the bats have departed.