Little can compare to spring in the UW Arboretum — especially when that spring was slow to show its face. In the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, the blossoming trees, buzzing bees and strutting turkeys celebrate the return of warm weather in Madison.
Funk Factory of Madison is brewing two new beers flavored with ingredients from the Arboretum: Osage orange and American persimmon.
The spring prescribed fire season is underway at the UW–Madison Arboretum and the campus’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve, and several fires are planned for Wednesday, March 28.
The 13th annual Madison Reads Leopold event on Saturday, March 3, will feature a reading of the influential conservationist’s “A Sand County Almanac” and other writings.
The educational talks for naturalists began as an effort to help extend the Arboretum’s guiding credo — Aldo Leopold’s land ethic — beyond the Arboretum grounds.
Diverging from centuries of established behavioral norms, red fox and coyote have gone against their wild instincts and learned to coexist in the urban environment of Madison and the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.
The first arboretum to partner with the MJV, the UW Arboretum joins more than 70 other partner institutions dedicated to researching monarch butterflies, conserving their habitat, and educating about the charismatic insects.
Despite Asian jumping worms’ known appetite for leaf litter and tendency to change soil nutrients, researchers found limited evidence of changes to vegetation in areas where the worms have invaded the UW–Madison Arboretum.
As fall slowly hardens to winter in Madison, part of Karen Oberhauser’s new job is to walk the trails of the UW–Madison Arboretum, getting a sense not just for the geography, but for the land itself. That’s because the land Oberhauser walks is now under her care.
The worms churn through leaf litter at a faster clip than their more sluggish earthworm cousins, potentially processing nutrients faster than plants are able to use them and disrupting ecosystems.
As fall approaches and the sun gets lower in the sky, mark the end of one growing season by planning for the next at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum’s annual Native Gardening Conference.
“Community members who have been part of the Wingra Oak Savanna project really get a sense that they are a part of this bigger community that includes not just people, but the land, the soil, the water, the plants, and the animals.”
As part of her master of fine arts thesis, Liz Anna Kozik has installed an exhibit telling the story of the first restored prairie in the world, Curtis Prairie at the UW–Madison Arboretum.
Internationally known monarch butterfly researcher Karen Oberhauser, a University of Minnesota conservation biologist, is returning to UW–Madison, where she studied as an undergraduate. Oberhauser has accepted the position of UW–Madison Arboretum director.
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.
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.
Widely recognized as the site of historic research in ecological restoration, the Arboretum includes the oldest and most varied collection of restored ecological communities in the world.
The sun rose on a cold and quiet University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum on Jan. 4. Temperatures were only in the single digits, and most students were still gone on winter break.
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.