Arboretum prairie burn underway
A controlled burn at the UW–Madison Arboretum began late this morning, Thursday, April 1, and will last several hours. East Curtis Prairie is being…
Come out and play at the Arboretum
Snirts (those disgusting piles of snow and dirt) have receded, birds are returning from the south, backyard grills are fired up and people are busting…
Restoring order: UW Arboretum runoff solutions combine ecology and engineering
In spring 2008, a class of undergraduate and graduate engineering students studied a section of Wingra Marsh to learn more about the hydroecologic effects of the massive stormwater inflow. "Stormwater management infrastructure throughout the Arboretum is failing due to age and increased flows of runoff from the surrounding watershed," says David Liebl, a UW–Madison engineering professional development faculty associate who chairs the Arboretum stormwater committee.
New projects take aim at Arboretum stormwater problems
Even after the most violent rains, stormwater usually recedes from city streets within hours. But in the downstream places where this water collects, the impact can be lasting, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum.
Recent sightings: Up for air
A baby painted turtle — about the size of a quarter — rises between tiny blades of grass from a shallow puddle…
Recent sightings: Winter solitude
A lone cross-country skier passes by as nighttime falls over a snow-covered oak savanna at the UW Arboretum’s Curtis Prairie New…
Slide show: Greene Prairie
Alicia Rachow and Amy Honk take part in an ecological field experiment at the Greene Prairie site as part of Ecology 460. The…
Photographer finds prairie fires ‘fertile flames’
Who hasn’t sat mesmerized for hours in front of a roaring fire? There’s definitely something hypnotic about it, a fact not lost on Wisconsin photographer Jill Metcoff.