Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide

Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but UW-Madison researchers show that crops, including corn and soy, expanded onto 7 million U.S. acres over a four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands.

Going With the Flow: Optimizing Ecology

In the Great Lakes basin, fish are in trouble, and one major cause may not be what you expect. Rather than the habitats themselves, the problem is connectivity between the habitats. Many of the fish native to the Great Lakes basin are migratory fish, meaning that they live out their life cycles in different habitats in different places.

Learning lessons by following Madison's foxes and coyotes

Last year, a family of foxes -- complete with roly-poly kits -- took up residence on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and made the city its playground. With winter in full swing, the foxes and their larger dog-like counterparts, coyotes, are out there again, roaming the wilder parts of the city and campus.

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.

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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