You’re Not Seeing Mayflies Around Town – Those Are Midges

As I jumped on my bike and left the Lowell Elementary playground after dropping my kids off yesterday morning, I overheard a conversation between two parents that I hear pretty consistently this time of year. It went something like this: Read More …

Blog Redux: Can Rare Floods Bring the Colorado River Delta Back?

If you live in Wisconsin that means you’ve endured a week or cold, gray, rainy weather and you’ve now got an intense case of “the Mondays.” So I thought I’d look around for a “good news” story. And, boy, did Read More …

Thinking Big About Invasive Species: Q&A with Jake Vander Zanden

A recent study in the journal, Ecosystems, says that, when it comes to invasive species, it’s time to think bigger. While the movement of species from their native ranges to exotic lands is a major component of global ecosystem change, Read More …

What Lies Beneath: Sudden Invasion of a Wisconsin Lake Wasn’t So Sudden After All

In the fall of 2009, a tiny aquatic creature known as the spiny water flea showed up in a lake where it had never before been seen. At first, students in the UW-Madison undergraduate limnology class didn’t know what they Read More …

Blog Redux: What Less Lake Ice Means for Ecology, Economy and Ourselves

NOTE: This post originally ran on January 17, 2012. In the four of the five years since this post, Lake Mendota has frozen over well after its “median” freeze date, and in three of the five years it has thawed Read More …

Fish Fry Day: Western Mosquitofish and the Danger of Good Intentions

It’s Fish Fry Day and fish is on the menu! We’re working our way across the “Fishes of Wisconsin” poster finding morsels of info for every species of fishes found in Wisconsin. Today’s special: the Western Mosquitofish. Take a moment Read More …

Guest Post: Focus on Phosphorus Control to Improve Water Quality

As the year winds to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the the CFL’s most popular blog posts from 2016. Here’s one published on August 16th by CFL director, Steve Carpenter, on controlling phosphorus for clean Read More …

CFL Blog’s Best of 2016: Recalculating the Cost of Invasive Species

As the year winds to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the the CFL’s most popular blog posts from 2016. Here’s one originally published on March 21st about our researchers calculating the cost of a tiny Read More …

Christmas Post Redux: Letter Home Explains Carbon Cycle via Christmas Ornaments

Happy Holidays from the CFL! Last year, graduate student, Julia Hart, was so ready to head home and see family that she wrote this great primer in advance to tell her Mom what, exactly, she studies here at the UW-Madison. Read More …