Badger makes itself at home near Cedarburg Bog

A badger was photographed on a property near the Field Station!  Read about it in this story which quotes Jim Reinartz and Emily Latch (UWM – Biological Sciences).

How Does Nature Cope with Wisconsin’s Unnaturally Warm Weather

We’re used to meteorologists talking about occasional record high and low temperatures – but long stretches like this are less common. Jim Reinartz explains during an interview on WUWM.

Rachel Gremminger started research at UWM before taking her first class

Pre-med student Rachel Gremminger finds her research at the UWM Field Station to be one of the most satisfying parts of her UWM education.

UWM biologist leads county’s first-ever wildlife survey

Gary Casper, a biologist with the UWM Field Station, is in charge of conducting the first-ever comprehensive wildlife survey in Milwaukee County. The survey is one step toward restoring the quality of the Milwaukee Estuary and its associated rivers, which… Read More

Beneath the Burden we Place Upon It

Student video about Neda Mine, by Takahiro Suzuki.

Wisconsin Life: A Walk through the Cedarburg Bog

European settlers to Wisconsin saw wetlands as wasted space to be drained. But that view changed over time, and in 1952, Wisconsin’s DNR made an intact wetland in Ozaukee County known as the Cedarburg Bog a Wisconsin State Natural Area, only the second piece of land to receive that designation at the time.

Isolation of Novel Microbes from Natural Environments

About 95-99% of the microbes cannot be isolated with conventional methods. In this study, we used culture-independent methods to isolate and identify microbes in natural environments. We collected soil samples from different locations at the Field Station. The r-DNA of the microbes were sequenced to study bacterial phylogeny and taxonomy. The potential natural compounds produced from the isolated microorganisms were evaluated.

Experimental Evidence that Brighter Males Sire More Extra-pair Young in Swallows

Across taxa, extra-pair mating is widespread among socially monogamous species, but few studies have identified male ornamental traits associated with extra-pair mating success, and even fewer studies have experimentally manipulated male traits to determine if they are related directly to paternity. As a consequence, there is little evidence to support the widespread hypothesis that females choose more ornamented males as extra-pair mates.

Bat Activity Surveillance Monitoring at Neda Mine Hibernaculum

White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has spread across 26 states and 5 Canadian provinces. The fungus Psuedogymnoascus destructans (Pd) that causes the syndrome has been found in four other states (MN, MS, NE and OK). This deadly disease has and continues to cause massive bat mortality in eastern North America. Since the winter of 2006–2007, bat population declines ranging from 80–97% have been documented at surveyed hibernacula.

Differential Contributions of Multiple Bumble Bee Species on Reproductive Success and Mating Patterns in Mimulus ringens

Over the last decade there have been startling changes in the relative abundance and diversity of bumble bee populations, including significant decline of many species both in North America and Europe. Several species often coexist within a population and it is not known whether these species provide equivalent pollination services for native flowering plants.