Wednesday, December 31, 2008
By Mary Blocksma
Illustrations by Robin Wilt
Follow Mary Blocksma through a year of "naming the nature" in her backyard and neighborhood. This field guide of Great Lakes nature begins January 1 with an entry on snow and ends on New Years Eve with the blue moon. Make 2009's resolution to be more aware of your surroundings.
This book and many other field guides are available at Wisconsin's Water Library. We have guides on water quality, wetlands, aquatic plants, freshwater fish and many more.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
By "Trosclair", edited by Howard Jacobs, illustrated by James Rice
Christmas down in the Louisiana Bayou isn't the quite the same: no snow and no reindeer. Instead, Santa Claus wears muskrat fur and has 8 alligators to pull his "skiff" from door to door. This adaptation of the Night Before Christmas is written in Cajun vernacular and the illustrations have a charm and Christmas spirit all their own.
Cajun Night After Christmas
By Jenny Jackson Moss and Amy Jackson Dixon, illustrated by James Rice
What do Santa and his alligators do after a long Christmas night of drifting in the swamps, delivering presents to the young children of Louisiana? This tale looks at one of Santa's alligators, Pierre, and his life on the 364 days after Christmas. His adventures include going to live with a family, finding love and marrying alligator Louise, and having children of his own. Every year, Santa stops by on Christmas night to catch up with his old pal and share the holiday spirit with Pierre and his family. Also written in Cajun vernacular with beautiful illustrations by James Rice.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Give gifts that help your friends and family live greener. Possibilities include bus tickets, state park passes, compost bins, reusable grocery bags, rechargeable batteries and chargers, live plants and seeds or coupons for spring gardening.
Don’t throw away your holiday or greeting cards; use them to make new cards next year.
Reduce waste by wrapping gifts in comics, old maps, wallpaper scraps, reusable cloth, or your own artwork drawn on the back of scrap paper. Or, make wrapping part of the gift. For example, wrap a kitchen gift in a colorful hand towel, or place a set of earrings in a new pair of gloves.
To see more tips...
Monday, December 22, 2008
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
For release: December 16, 2008
John McGeehin, 703-648-5349, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Robertson, c 202-821-2698, w 703-648-6624, email@example.com
The United States faces the potential for abrupt climate change in the 21st century that could pose clear risks to society in terms of our ability to adapt. “Abrupt” changes can occur over decades or less, persist for decades more, and cause substantial disruptions to human and natural systems.
A new report, based on an assessment of published science literature, makes the following conclusions about the potential for abrupt climate changes from global warming during this century. Climate model simulations and observations suggest that rapid and sustained September arctic sea ice loss is likely in the 21st century. The southwestern United States may be beginning an abrupt period of increased drought.
It is very likely that the northward flow of warm water in the upper layers of the Atlantic Ocean, which has an important impact on the global climate system, will decrease by approximately 25–30 percent. However, it is very unlikely that this circulation will collapse or that the weakening will occur abruptly during the 21st century and beyond. An abrupt change in sea level is possible, but predictions are highly uncertain due to shortcomings in existing climate models. There is unlikely to be an abrupt release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, to the atmosphere from deposits in the earth. However, it is very likely that the pace of methane emissions will increase.
The U.S. Geological Survey led the new assessment, which was authored by a team of climate scientists from the federal government and academia. The report was commissioned by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program with contributions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. “This report was truly a collaborative effort between world renowned scientists who provided objective, unbiased information that is necessary to develop effective adaptation and mitigation strategies that protect our livelihood,” said USGS Director Mark Myers. “It summarizes the scientific community’s growing understanding regarding the potential for abrupt climate changes and identifies areas for additional research to further improve climate models.”
Further research is needed to improve our understanding of the potential for abrupt changes in climate. For example, the report’s scientists found that processes such as interaction of warm ocean waters with the periphery of ice sheets and ice shelves have a greater impact than previously known on the destabilization of ice sheets that might accelerate sea-level rise.
To view the full report, titled Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.4: Abrupt Climate Change, and a summary brochure on abrupt climate change, visit http://www.climatescience.gov/default.php.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Captain Herman Schuenemann became affectionately known as "Captain Santa" for his yearly voyage from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago with a load of freshly cut Christmas trees. Families would wait anxiously at the docks for their choice of the best Christmas trees. The Captain's last voyage was in 1912 when the ship was unable to withstand the gales of the Great Lakes and went down off the coast of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. After the death of their beloved husband and father, the Captain's wife and three daughters continued to bring evergreens into Chicago for another twenty years.
Rochelle Pennington gives life to this Christmas legend and tradition. Using resources from various maritime museums of the Great Lakes, historical society archives, and newspaper articles, the tale of the Schuenemann family remains a beloved piece of Great Lakes history and holiday spirit.
Also, check out a children's version titled The Christmas Tree Ship: The Story of Captain Santa. Both are available to check out from Wisconsin's Water Library. Send an email to Ask water to have either book sent directly to you.
Pennington is a freelance author and newspaper columnist from Wisconsin. Illustrations by artist Charles Vickery. Vickery is best known for his renditions of the sea, its coastlines, ports and majestic sailing vessels.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Boaters and anglers, however, had a mixed track record in taking the required steps to prevent accidentally spreading the invaders. Boat traffic between lakes, and the transfer of infected baitfish from one water body to another, are the major ways that invasive species and VHS, respectively, are introduced to new waters.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
The historic agreement binding Wisconsin and seven other Great Lakes states largely prohibits water from being diverted outside the Great Lakes basin while committing residents and businesses within the basin to sustainably use that water.
Read more from Wisconsin's DNR...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
For more books on ice fishing, check out the Water Library's collection on the topic. We have books such as Fishing on Ice by Noel Vick, Hooked on Ice Fishing: Secrets to catching winter fish, beginner to expert by Tom Gruenwald, and Ice Fishing Secrets by Dave Genz, Al Lindner, and Doug Stange. Also, check out Let’s Go Fishing on the Ice by George Travis for the younger ice fishermen and women.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Stephen Wittman, Communications Manager of the UW Sea Grant Institute, will be presenting on the summary report Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Starting a Public Discussion. To see his presentation slides and other presenters' at the symposium, click here.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
The new study also shows that coal-tar sealcoat - the shiny black material applied to many parking lots and driveways - is contributing to PAH contamination in many of the nation's urban lakes. PAHs are an environmental concern because they are toxic to aquatic life and several are suspected carcinogens.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Check out photos from Don Coles....
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Anders W. Andren, director of the UW-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center will be speaking on "Wisconsin Groundwater Resources"
John J. Magnuson, director emeritus of the UW-Madison Center for Limnology will be speaking on "Global Warming and Its Implications for Wisconsin/Great Lakes Waters"
Tuesday, November 18, at 6 pm, Room L150 in Chazen Museum of Art. Event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Larry Nesper, associate professor of anthropology, UW-Madison.
Organized by the UW Aquatic Sciences Center and the Department of Art History to enhance public awareness and understanding of water resources in a changing climate. Tuesday, November 11, 6pm, rm L150 in Chazen Museum of Art. Free and open to public.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Organized by the UW Aquatic Sciences Center and the Department of Art History to enhance public awareness and understanding of water resources in a changing climate. Thursday, November 6, 6pm, rm L150 in Chazen Museum of Art. Free and open to public.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The Pyle Center is at 702 Langdon Street and is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the Pyle Center at (608) 262-1122 for additional building hours, including weekends, which vary weekly.
Download a guide to the Wisconsin Waters exhibit here.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Did you know 36 million children between the ages of 5 and 13 went trick or treating last year? The US Census Bureau puts out statistics on Halloween each year. To find out how many pounds of candy Americans consumed last year, click here.
For the morbid, Harvard Law School library has a collection for you: Dying Speeches and Bloody Murders. Published in British towns and cities by printers who specialized in this type of street literature, a typical example features an illustration (usually of the criminal, the crime scene, or the execution); an account of the crime and (sometimes) the trial; and the purported confession of the criminal, often cautioning the reader in doggerel verse to avoid the fate awaiting the perpetrator.
It wouldn't be Halloween at Wisconsin's Water Library without some spooky water facts.
Keeping those in mind, remember to stay green this Halloween:
Greenhalloween.org has everything from green costume ideas to activities for kids and parents.
Before trick or treating, be sure to check out The Green Guide.
Happy Halloween from the Water Library!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
National award honors Trempealeau’s commitment to clean water
Kohler is a EPA WaterSense 2008 Partner of the Year
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Learn how to locate wetlands....
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
To read more about this workshop, click here.
To read more about Michigan's Clean Marina project, click here.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Saturday afternoon is Celebrate Water Spirits: A Family Day from 12 pm to 4 pm. This event will also have music and dancing, as well as a paper mask-making workshop and guided exhibition tours. The event is free.
For a full schedule of events, click here.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Mami Wata exhibition opens Saturday, October 18 at the UW-Madison Chazen Museum of Art. In conjunction with the exhibition, UW Aquatic Sciences Center and the Department of Art History have organized a Water Matters: A Lecture Series. Look for future posts on each lecture in the series which is free and open to the public.
Tonight's event details...
In a comparison of natural lakes and impoundments — reservoirs created by damming rivers — the impoundments were up to 300 times more likely than lakes to harbor invasive aquatic species, according to a study published last month in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Everyday, research sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) turns up a new discovery, an interesting facet of a scientific endeavor, and sometimes, just something that might delight and amaze even the casual observer. Recently the NSF created this website to serve as a clearinghouse of information about the work they sponsor. The "Discoveries" site can be searched in its entirety, or visitors can just peruse the chronological list that's front and center on their homepage. Over in the "Research Areas" section, visitors can wander through "Biology", "Education", "Nanoscience", and eight other topical areas. Some summaries that might be of particular interest include "Mysteries of the Unregulated Internet" and "The Bizarre Creatures of Madagascar". Also, it's worth nothing that parties who enjoy the site can sign up for their RSS feed here.
There several water-related items in the database.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The public is invited, and admission is free.
In a report published today (Oct. 7, 2008) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a team of Wisconsin researchers reports that a trend toward extreme weather such as the monsoon-like rainfall events that occurred in many parts of the region this past spring is likely to aggravate the risk for outbreaks of waterborne disease in the Great Lakes region.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A new report has been issued by the USGS : Consumptive Water-Use Coefficients for the Great Lakes Basin and Climatically Similar Areas.
Abstract: Consumptive water use is the portion of water withdrawn(for a particular use) that is evaporated, transpired, incorporated into products or crops, consumed by humans or livestock, or otherwise removed from the immediate water environment. This report, which is organized by water-use categories, includes consumptive-use coefficients for the Great Lakes Basin (including Canada) and for areas climatically similar to the Great Lakes Basin. This report also contains an annotated bibliography of consumptive water-use coefficients. Selected references are listed for consumptive-use data from elsewhere in the world.
full text: from USGS
Freshwater Ecoregions of the World, (FEOW) provides a new global biogeographic regionalization of the Earth's freshwater biodiversity. Covering virtually all freshwater habitats on Earth, this first-ever ecoregion map, together with associated species data, is a useful tool for underpinning global and regional conservation planning efforts, particularly to identify outstanding and imperiled freshwater systems; for serving as a logical framework for large-scale conservation strategies; and for providing a global-scale knowledge base for increasing freshwater biogeographic literacy.
Presented by the Nature Conservancy, with several major corporate sponsors (including Coca Cola and US AID).link: http://www.feow.org/index.php
Each year by July 1 you should receive in the mail a short report (consumer confidence report, or drinking water quality report) from your water supplier that tells where your water comes from and what's in it.