To the Ends of the Earth

In April 2011, James Bockheim led a small team of researchers to a rocky spit of land called Cierva Point, a habitat protected by the Antarctic Treaty as a "site of special scientific interest." Home to breeding colonies of bird species like Gentoo penguins, as well as a remarkably verdant cover of maritime plants, Cierva Point is also one of the most rapidly warming places on Earth.

Grasshoppers signal slow recovery of post-agricultural woodlands, study finds

Sixty years ago, the plows ended their reign and the fields, but even now, the ghosts of land-use past haunt these woods. New research by Philip Hahn and John Orrock shows just how long lasting the legacy of agriculture can be in the recovery of natural places.

Climate change alters cast of winter birds

Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America's backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.

Balancing birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields

In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scientists examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat.

Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance

Bent and tossed by the wind, a field of soybean plants presents a challenge for an Asian lady beetle on the hunt for aphids. But what if the air -- and the soybeans -- were still?

Of cows and climate: CALS researchers leading effort to make dairy farms 'greener'

On a subzero February day, Mark Powell stops his vehicle on the road a few miles outside Prairie du Sac. He's been explaining that cows actually enjoy the polar weather - and as if to prove it, a group in the barnyard turns toward us and rushes the fence.

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