Arboretum News

Winter Birds

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

Is this winter or late fall? The heavy fog, wet brown ground and 40 F temperatures feel more to me like fall. Even the calendar indicates it is fall for one more week, until December 21st when we experience the winter solstice. The week of Thanksgiving was more like winter ... Read more »

  • Winter Walk through Longencker Gardens and Wingra Woods

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Although I realize that my actual chance of seeing a bobcat is slim-to-none, I admit that I am unreasonably excited about recent reports of bobcat ... Read more »

  • Naturalist Notes: Civilian Conservation Corps

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014

    A hearty dozen visitors showed up for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) tour on a cold late fall day with a few inches of snow ... Read more »

  • Autumn Woodland Walk

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Considering the unseasonably cold weather forecast for the upcoming week, our tour conditions today were pleasant with calm winds and partly sunny skies. On ... Read more »

  • Land Care Report: Why We Are Seeing More Woody Species in Curtis Prairie

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014 :: NEWS

    Over the last few years we have fielded many questions regarding woody vegetation on Curtis Prairie. Unfortunately, the increase represents a global trend that has become apparent to ecologists and land managers over the last 10–15 years. Read more »

  • Woodland Walk – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Sunday was a very high-use day at the Arboretum. The parking lots were overflowing. Cameras were snapping left and right. Joggers and walkers and bikers ... Read more »

  • Earth Partnership receives NSF grant!

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    The Arboretum’s Earth Partnership for Schools is delighted to announce that we have received a National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM grant for the Indigenous ... Read more »

  • Woodland Walk – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Sunday was a bustling day at the Arb. Three full trolleys, and a good group out for the Woodland Walk. Lots and lots of other ... Read more »

  • Grady Tract and Greene Prairie Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The parade of autumn wildflowers on the Grady Tract features native asters with white, lavender, violet, and deep purple flowers (rays). Other flowers in the ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie Walk, Late Summer Flowers – Naturalists’ Notes

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    It was a warm 75 degree, sunny Sunday, September 7, when we headed out to Curtis Prairie connecting to trail A3 from the parking ... Read more »

  • Travel with Friends and Escape Winter in Wisconsin

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    Remember Wisconsin last March when we were visited by the polar vortex? Now imagine warm desert winds, majestic mountains, forests of saguaro cacti and western sunsets ... Read more »

  • Explore the Northern Rockies with Friends

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    Join Friends members on a tour of geologically carved, mountain encrusted and biologically diverse landscapes of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The wilderness aesthetics alone can ... Read more »

  • Research Brief: Surprises in Forest Succession

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 :: NEWS

    Studying how forests change is a long-term commitment. Forest succession is the natural replacement of trees that do not tolerate shade with those that do. ... Read more »

  • Grady Tract/Greene Prairie Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    On a warm sunny Sunday afternoon with a pleasant breeze sixteen of us headed into the Grady Tract to explore this south of the beltline ... Read more »

  • Friends Announce 2014 Leopold Restoration Award Winners

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    This year, the Leopold Restoration Awards program bestows four awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of private landowners who have transformed their land, shared what they have learned, and worked with professionals and volunteers to accomplish ecological restoration goals — and a career in ecological restoration that has enhanced land management. Read more »

  • Arboretum Presents “Living with the Land” Reading Series

    MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014 :: NEWS

    The Arboretum Bookstore is proud to announce the “Living with the Land” reading series, featuring appearances by local authors this fall. The fee for each ... Read more »

  • Native Gardening Conference Teaches Benefits and Use of Native Plants in Home Landscapes

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014 :: PRESS RELEASES

    The 2014 Native Gardening Conference, “Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future,” will be September 21, with expert-led demonstrations, workshops, tours, practical tips, information, and inspiration. Register by September 15. Read more »

  • Grady Tract/Greene Prairie Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The small parking lot at Seminole Highway and the West Beltline frontage road was filled to overflowing by 10 minutes to one o’clock on Sunday. ... Read more »

  • Experience Fall Migration on the Mississippi River

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    Don’t miss this opportunity to travel with fellow members of the Friends and explore our area’s natural beauty with like-minded individuals while learning from experienced ... Read more »

  • Wingra Oak Savanna, Ho Nee Um Pond, & Marion Dunn Pond Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The Wingra Oak Savanna tour group left the starting point, at the parking lot on the corner of Monroe St. and Arbor Dr. and headed ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie Walk – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    85 degrees, August on the prairie is the month of myriad yellow, purple and white floral displays, butterflies fluttering, bees buzzing, dragonflies darting and ... Read more »

  • Greene Prairie and the Grady Knolls Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The floral treats on the Greene Prairie right now are too numerous to mention. But I will try to hit the highlights. We caught the ... Read more »

  • Special Event: Living a Land Ethic book reading with author Stephen Laubach

    TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014 :: NEWS

    Stephen Laubach, who works at the Arboretum in the Earth Partnership program and does regional watershed conservation consulting, has recently published a book about the Leopold Memorial Reserve. Read more »

  • Friends 2015 Annual Meeting is June 6

    MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    The Friends will celebrate another year of providing interesting and enlightening programs, activities and trips for our members and financial and volunteer support for the ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie and Teal Pond Wetlands Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    As a direct result of scouting for and leading this tour, and with the help of two different experts, I solved two mysteries – one ... Read more »

  • Greene Prairie and West Grady Knoll Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    This windy, sunny, Sunday afternoon before the 4th of July we were treated to a spectacular display of flower fireworks on the Grady prairies. Over ... Read more »

  • Invasive ‘Jumping Worm’ Found at Arboretum

    THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014 :: NEWS

    Amynthas agrestis, an invasive earthworm from temperate regions of Asia, was found in limited areas near the Visitor Center in fall 2013. The Arboretum is ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie Walk – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Things change. Over the past several years, I have boasted about how well prairie plants can handle the dry, hot weather. This summer I’m impressed ... Read more »

  • Greene Prairie and West Grady Knoll Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Dark threatening clouds moved rapidly across the western sky shortly before our tour began. But as we walked past the Evjue pines and the Grady ... Read more »

  • Generous funding makes way for three new graduate assistantships!

    TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    Earth Partnership is delighted to have three graduate assistants beginning new positions for the 2014–2015 academic year! Claire Shaller will be changing roles from Earth Partnership ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie Walk – Naturalists’ Notes

    SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    In anticipation of walking through the narrow trails that cut diagonally across Curtis Prairie, I noted at the beginning of our Sunday tour that there ... Read more »

  • Grady Tract and Greene Prairie Tour – Naturalists’ Notes

    FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The stars of Sunday’s tour were lupines and lady’s slippers. The West Grady Knoll is currently carpeted with the former – empurpled, you might ... Read more »

  • Update on Arboretum Director Search

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014 :: NEWS

    University Communications released an update on 6/3/14 about the Arboretum director search: “Donna Paulnock will continue her service as interim director of the UW Arboretum, ... Read more »

  • West Curtis Prairie and Noe Woods Walk

    SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Our tour on Sunday afternoon was nearly as notable for the things we DIDN’T see as for those we did. The prairie is waking ... Read more »

  • Spring on the Grady Tract Savanna and Greene Prairie

    SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    It was a sunny, inviting spring day to take a walk through the Grady Tract. We started out by discussing and identifying several of the ... Read more »

  • Wlidflowers and Magnolias for Mother’s Day

    SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    After making it through an extraordinarily cold winter and waiting out a very slow spring, it was quite a treat to take a walk on ... Read more »

  • Latino Earth Partnership Travels to Nicaragua!

    TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    Latino Earth Partnership (Colaboración Ambiental) is now in Nicaragua! This spring, Rick Hall and Maria Moreno of Earth Partnership traveled down to the Central American ... Read more »

  • Earth Partnership Presents at Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

    TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    Earth Partnership was honored to be a presenter at the eighth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, held on April 22nd at the Monona Terrace ... Read more »

  • Earth Focus Day Camp Registration

    THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 :: NEWS

    Registration is open for Earth Focus Day Camp Download registration form Now in its 23rd year, Earth Focus Day Camp creates outstanding summer nature programs for ... Read more »

  • Friends’ Nature Photography Group Presents Reflections on a Wetland

    TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    Jack and Holly Bartholmai invite you to join them on a virtual tromp in the swamp as they present a slide program entitled “Reflections on ... Read more »