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Field Notes

On the second Tuesday of every month, we hear from our contributors in the field. Susan Knight and Gretchen Gerrish both work for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Limnology at Trout Lake Station. Scott Bowe is the Director of Kemp Natural Resources Station.

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  • In this month's installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Station discusses wild cranberries in the Northwoods.
  • If you walk barefoot in a lake or stream, your feet might slide on slippery stones. What makes them so slippery? In this month’s installment of Field Notes, Trout Lake Station’s Gretchen Gerrish takes us underwater to learn about life on rocks.
  • Swans may not be the most important factor in the decline of wild rice, but there is no doubt that the number of swans has increased on our Northwoods lakes. How did this happen?
  • In this month's installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Station discusses how wood moves.
  • As we move through the season, keep your eye out for these unloved plants. They are all native to Wisconsin and belong here just as the maples and hazelnuts and lady slippers belong in our woods.
  • In this month's installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Station discusses miner bees, important pollinators.
  • What it's like raising chickens through a Northwoods winter.
  • In this month's Field Notes, Susan Knight discusses what some Olympic athletes have in common with beer.
  • In this month's installment of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Station discusses the wood we use in acoustic guitars.
  • While many organisms thrive solely feeding on the leaves, roots and fruits of trees, very few are capable of efficiently incorporating wood into their diets.