Summer is our field season, which means you’ll see a lot more “UW-Limnology” boats out on Wisconsin waters. But it’s also when we ramp up our outreach programming. This is an especially busy week as, from Wednesday, June 10th through Friday the 12th, our faculty, students and staff will be speaking to public audiences everywhere from Madison to Milwaukee to Minocqua.
HERE’s THE LINE-UP:
Science on Tap-Minocqua – Forest Ownership and Conservation in the Northwoods – June 10th, 6:00PM, Minocqua Brewing Company, Minocqua
Chequamegon National Forest, WI
Old growth eastern white pine. Donnelly Austin Photography
Forest ownership and conservation are changing in the Northwoods and throughout the United States. Private and public forestlands are critical for natural resource production, outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat and water quality, yet they are increasingly threatened by development, invasive species and other local and global changes. Changes in large forest ownership have been some of the most dramatic over the past 15 years. Adena Rissman, assistant professor in Forest and Wildlife Ecology will speak at our very popular science cafe event where guests are invited to grab a drink and a chair and join in the conversation. The following day, a group of interested citizens will head out for a field-trip led by Adena Rissman and Trout Lake Station director Tim Kratz (among others) to see the forest AND the trees for themselves. More information is here.
Yahara Lakes 101 – June 11th, 7:30AM, The Edgewater Hotel, Madison
Spiny water fleas can be IDd by their exceptionally long tails. Photo: Jake Walsh
The Clean Lakes Alliance’s series of aquatic educational talk features the CFL’s two “Jakes” – Jake Vander Zanden, a professor, and Jake Walsh, his grad student. The title of their talk is “Lake Invaders: How Spiny Water Flea Have Degraded Water Quality in Our Lakes,” and, after folks get settled with coffee and a pastry, they’ll delve into the drama behind our murky Lake Mendota, its sporadic fits of clear water and what can be done about invasive species. For more information on cost, location, etc – go here.
Wisconsin Ideas – Let the World Know – June 11th, 4:30PM, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee
John Magnuson, always dedicated to outreach about the science of our inland waters, explains algae.
The second event in a new and unprecedented UW outreach series is put on by the Wisconsin Alumni Association and will feature some of the world-class research conducted here at the University and focus on how that science has led to innovation and change in the state and around the globe. The event is, essentially, one big mixer, featuring gourmet Wisconsin food and drink, special guest appearances by Bud Selig, Herb Kohl, exploration stations, remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank – all emceed by former Badger and Packer, Mark Tauscher. Open to anyone interested in the UW, but especially alumni. Details here.
Hasler Lab Open House – June 12th, 2-6:00PM, Hasler Lab, Madison
Bucky, Babcock ice cream and Boat rides! Come one, come all! Come rain or shine! We’ll have plenty to do and see – fish to touch, aquatic bugs to catch, plankton to ogle under a microscope, and a host of top-notch faculty and student scientists willing to answer any freshwater question you’ve got. The open house is a darn good time, we promise. And we hope to see you there. Besides, we’re just down the lakeshore from Memorial Terrace, which is where you want to be on a Friday night anyway, right? More here.