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Search committee chooses 3 finalists for UW Arboretum director

Feb 2, 2017

Three finalists have been named for the UW-Madison Arboretum director. Ellen Damschen, associate professor of Zoology; Randy Jackson, professor of Agronomy; and Karen Oberhauser, professor of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.

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CDC awards $10 million for insect borne disease center

Jan 26, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $10 million to a consortium of Midwestern universities to establish a new research and training program to stem the spread of disease carried by vectors like ticks and mosquitoes.

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Aldo Leopold series involves community in environmental discussions

Dec 20, 2016

As environmental concerns grow more urgent, the work of Aldo Leopold remains a vital touchstone. UW-Madison will honor Leopold's legacy and connect it to our time with a wide-ranging series of seminars, lectures, and workshops.

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75,000 bird lovers expected for annual Christmas bird count

Dec 7, 2016

Counting birds, instead of hunting them, must have seemed pretty strange 116 years ago, but not anymore. Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, more than 75,000 people in the United States and Canada are expected to be counting birds, according to the National Audubon Society.

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UW botanist leads petition to give Venus flytrap endangered species protection

Oct 21, 2016

UW-Madison ecologists have played a key role in a petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday seeking emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the Venus flytrap.

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Don't miss the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium

Sep 28, 2016

We are pleased to host Dr. David Blehert, Chief of the Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories at the USGS - National Wildlife Health Center, as keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium on October 13 & 14, 2016.

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Invasive 'Jersey wriggler' jumping worms devouring forest floors

Sep 13, 2016

The worms are not like the other night crawlers. They are not from around here. When held they thrash and jump. They do not live deeply, but they are very good at sucking down their food and passing it out in a gravelly residue.

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Lake Mendota: a scientific biography

Aug 29, 2016

From the window of his second-story office overlooking Lake Mendota, Steve Carpenter can see the UW rowing team running drills. On a warmer day, he might glimpse yellow-hulled "tech" boats, piloted by amateur sailors, lurching around the buoys. Like all lakes, this one holds the past, present and even the future in its depths.

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Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow pace

Jul 20, 2016

Tree sloths are among the most emblematic tree-dwelling mammals. They are best known for their pokey demeanor rather than the fact that they spend the majority of their lives in trees. But the slow-motion lifestyle of tree sloths is a direct result of the animals' adaptation to their arboreal niche.

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