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As Wisconsin’s Chief State Forester, a lot of Heather Berkland’s life revolves around trees.

“You got to love trees. Trees are really the answer to an overall healthy ecosystem,” said Berkland.

Berkland says forests are essential to the health of the environment and people.

“It filters pollutants, protects water quality, provides wildlife habitat,” she said.

Trees are also a key part of the state’s economy.

Living in northern Wisconsin on the Manitowish River, artist Mary Burns has always felt a connection to water.

“It’s just been part of my life since I was born,” said Burns.

Burns wants to use her artwork to shed light on issues facing water today.  

“Our water globally is in crisis and we need to address this issue,” she said.

The fiber artist is currently working on her next series, ‘Women and Water, a Global Exhibit.’

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Chief Economist Dennis Winters says the state has never experienced anything like what the COVID-19 pandemic has done to economy and workforce.

“The economy just tanked or crashed or just went south in the course of a month or two. And then immediately recovered, though not to the whole extent,” said Winters.

Winters says usually when the economy declines it’s over an extended period. In 2020, the U.S. economy dropped 31% in a single quarter and then rebounded 33% the next quarter.

While they’re harder to find under the layer of snow, fungi are all around us in the Northwoods.

“There are fungi everywhere,” said Tom Volk.

Volk first became fascinated with fungi as an undergrad.

“I took a course in college on fungi and I found out you could get free food and I thought that was pretty attractive thing for a college student,” said Volk.

Now a professor of biology, Volk teaches at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.

He says learning about fungi is key to understanding the woods and world around you.

Anyone with a dog for a pet can probably knows the special connection between dogs and humans, even if they can’t put it words.

Patricia McConnell has spent her career studying and trying to understand that connection.

“The bond between us is just sort of a biological miracle,” said McConnell.

McConnell has studied the relationship between dogs and humans for more than 25 years.  She has a PhD on the subject and is a certified applied animal behaviorist.

The songs “Fortunate Son”, “Purple Haze” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane” were all written and released during the Vietnam War.

They’re also all songs that have a much different meaning to veterans of the war compared to those that weren’t.

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The Wildlife Health Program studies and manages disease and other health issues that impact wildlife in Wisconsin.

Tami Ryan is the Chief of the Wildlife Health Program within the Wisconsin DNR.

The program has spent years studying chronic wasting disease in deer and white-nose syndrome in bats.

More recently it’s looked to the potential impact of PFAS and even COVID-19 on wildlife.

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Peter David loves everything about wild rice from its ecological value to how it tastes.

“I think it’s interesting in so many different ways,” said David.

As a wildlife biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission you may wonder why someone who studies animals would be leading a talk on a plant.

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The next guest of the continuing series "Science on Tap" says parasites in an ecosystem are not all bad.

Dr. Daniel Preston of UW-Madison's Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology will discuss Parasites in Freshwater Ecosystems Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Minocqua Brewing Company.

Preston says most people think parasites are always bad, but he says he can show that isn't always true...

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Each month at the Minocqua Brewing Company is the next presentation of the "Science on Tap" series.  The series provides a forum where the public engages experts in an informal, two-way conversation about important issues of the day.

Tomorrow evening(11/6/19) a DNR expert will talk about "From Beaver to Bear: Wisconsin DNR’s Wildlife Research Program in the Northwoods". David MacFarland is the Wildlife Research Team Leader for the Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. In this role since 2017, he supervises and coordinates the DNR’s wildlife research program. TheDigitalArtist

A researcher says the study of the human genome is just beginning to revolutionize our lives.

Professor Jason Fletcher of the LaFollette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison is a health economist and Director for the Center for Demography and Health and Aging. He will be the next speaker in the "Science On Tap" series at the Minocqua Brewing Company. He will be addressing some of the social implications surrounding the genomics revolution.

He says there is a revolution going on concerning genetics is due to the rapidly decreasing costs of genetic testing...

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The next speaker at Science On Tap in Minocqua will be discussing 'Wisconsin Waters and Irrigated Agriculture". Dr. Mallika Nocco earned her Doctorate in Environment and Natural Resources from UW-Madison. She also has a degree in literature and is a Master Gardener . Ken Krall spoke with Dr. Nocco about her work with water in the Central Sands area...

Dr. Mallika Nocco, the next speaker at Science On Tap, Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Minocqua Brewing Company.

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Edna Chiang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program at UW-Madison and is the next speaker in the on-going series "Science On Tap" in Minocqua.

Chiang will talk about hibernation, but her study examines hibernation to human activities.

She studies the relationship between hibernating mammals and their gut microorganisms. Both hibernators and their microbes experience extreme changes in diet and physiology throughout the year, which inspires a variety of exciting questions.

She spoke with Ken Krall about her studies..

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He's a fixture with Wisconsin Public Radio’s talk format and he's the next guest of "Science on Tap" in Minocqua. Larry Meiller talks to about 1 out of 10 Wisconsin residents each day on his radio show.

WXPR's Ken Krall talked to Meiller about his years in broadcasting...

Larry Meiller says he will be telling about his life in public radio at Science on Tap, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Minocqua Brewing Company. He says he has a lot of stories to tell.

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Two well-known Northwoods residents will be the featured speakers at the next Science on Tap, Wednesday in Minocqua.

John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. Terry Daulton’s pastel paintings reflect her deep ties to the landscape and her background as a biologist and environmental educator.

Terry Daulton says their topic is the art of communicating science....