Prescribed fire season starts at Arboretum, preserve
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.
Aldo Leopold’s writings given voice March 3 at UW Arboretum
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.
UW Arboretum celebrates 50 years of winter lectures, fellowship
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.
Urban foxes and coyotes learn to set aside their differences and coexist
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.
UW Arboretum joins the Monarch Joint Venture
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.
Invasive worms spreading in Arboretum forests, limited effects so far
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.
New Arboretum director continues legacy of restoration, teaching
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.
Citizen scientists scour Madison area for invasive jumping worms
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.
Arboretum conference offers native gardeners guidance, ideas Sept. 17
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.
Oak savanna restoration ties UW Arboretum to Madison neighborhood
“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.”
Student art exhibit explores Arboretum prairies through comics, stories
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.
Oberhauser named director of 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.
Spring is prescribed fire season for UW–Madison prairies
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.
Citizen observations help inform Arboretum’s annual account of spring
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.
Search committee chooses 3 finalists for UW Arboretum director
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.
Sunrise at the Arboretum
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.
Arboretum prairies offer rare refuge for vanishing bumblebee
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.
Voracious Asian jumping worms strip forest floor and flood soil with nutrients
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.
Arboretum director search underway
The site of seminal research in ecological restoration, the Arboretum remains home to the oldest restored ecological communities in the world.