Field Notes

On the second Tuesday of every month at 7:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., 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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Spring Foxes

Mar 10, 2016


The Super El Nino of 2015-16

Jan 13, 2016

Luke Roberson shows how female mussels spread its offspring: 

What is Animal Magnetism?

Nov 12, 2015

What Aquatic Invertebrates Are In Your Lake?

Oct 14, 2015
Paul Skawinski


Video of freshwater jellyfish: 


Do you worry that the Northwoods is going nuts? Well, you might be right.  But as Tom Steele explains in this edition of "Field Notes",  that's not necessarily a bad thing. He says  this nuttiness is an important part of our Northwoods environment....

Next we have the latest "Field Notes" with Trout Lake aquatic biologist Susan Knight. She tells us she's a foremost expert on one particular plant...

In the next installment of "Field Notes", UW- Madison's  Kemp Natural Resources  Station Director Tom Steele says a bird that now seems commonplace in the Northwoods wasn't so.... not all that long ago....

Peter Arzberger

A few years ago I found myself stranded halfway up a mountain in Taiwan. I blame climate change. Well, actually, I blame my interest in what climate change means for the world’s lakes.

Let me explain.

Field Notes: the Wild Turkey's Unlikely Success

Mar 10, 2015
Robert Engbert

As the snow begins to melt, many wildlife species may be having an easier time getting around. Today in our monthly natural history series Field Notes, Tom Steele from UW Madison’s Kemp Natural Resources Station takes a look at the unlikely survival skills of the wild turkey, and the story of a successful conservation project that threw researchers for a loop.

Perhaps one of Wisconsin’s greatest conservation stories is the successful reintroduction of wild turkeys.

Paul Skawinski

Today we debut a new series of natural history commentaries, featuring scientists from two Northwoods field stations: UW-Madison’s Trout Lake and Kemp Research Stations.

Today researcher Susan Knight asks why some aquatic plants stay green all winter.