Tag Forest & wildlife ecology

More homes built near wild lands leading to greater wildfire risk

March 12, 2018

New research out of the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that a flurry of homebuilding near wild areas since 1990 has greatly increased the number of homes at risk from wildfires while increasing the costs associated with fighting those fires in increasingly dense developments.

Aldo Leopold’s writings given voice March 3 at UW Arboretum

February 26, 2018

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.

Urban foxes and coyotes learn to set aside their differences and coexist

January 29, 2018

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.

Invasive worms spreading in Arboretum forests, limited effects so far

January 11, 2018

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.

Scouting the eagles: Evidence that protecting nests aids reproduction

January 9, 2018

Reproduction among bald eagles in a remote national park in Minnesota was aided when their nests were protected from human disturbance, according to a new study.

Lake Michigan waterfowl botulism deaths linked to warm waters, algae

January 9, 2018

UW-Madison researchers, with the help of citizen scientists, tracked bird deaths along Lake Michigan, and found that warm waters and algae apparently promoted the growth of botulism toxin-producing bacteria that caused them.

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.