Monday, May 23, 2011
Several species of birds in the Great Lakes region are making a comeback, according to a recent report.
Federal officials documented the successes and the challenges facing several bird species on U.S. public lands in the 2011 State of the Birds report.
Two success stories are from within the Great Lakes region – the Bartel Grassland restoration project outside of Chicago, Ill., and the state of the Kirtland’s warbler in Michigan.
Link to rest of article.
Link to full report.
image of yellow-billed loon from 2011 state of the birds report.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Wisconsin's Water Library invites you to browse our list of new books introduced into the library during March and April 2011. The library is very appreciative of a grant from the Friends of UW Madison Libraries to purchase several titles included here. Also fresh, with titles purchased during winter and spring, is our new books for kids list!
Are you interested in mapping and GIS trends? We’ve recently created a recommended reading list on Mapping. For scholars, we’ve updated content on our Water Research Guide. If you aren’t affiliated with UW, use the ‘Resources for Guests’ tab for helpful hints on water research.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
One recent example of a building working toward net-zero water is the Bertschi School in Seattle. This article explains how the school is working to accomplish net-zero water including a composting toilet and a wall of plants. As water continues to be one of the most important and limited resources, net-zero water is getting more attention. While the standard may be too challenging for many, it's always helpful to think of ways to help conserve water. This list offers 100 suggestions for water conservation.
Photo credit: Bertschi School
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The invasive mussels came in and altered the food web. Alewives, one of salmons' favorite fish to feed on, have mostly disappeared from the Great Lakes. Without enough time, the salmon were unable to adapt their diet as their food supply disappeared. Walleye, a native species, have returned to the lakes and are also responsible for eating the salmon. Last fall the Lake Michigan salmon never showed up at spawning time. Things aren't looking good for the salmon.
Listen to the NPR Story for more details.
Photo credit: Coho salmon - muskegon-mi.gov
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Locally, Madison Water Utility will be holding an open house on May 7th where they will explain some of the ways they interact with water in the process of supplying it to the community. There will also be other water-related displays and exhibits. An average Madison resident uses 68 gallons of water per day. Additional information about the open house and local statistics can be found in the City of Madison news release.
The EPA offers some helpful ideas about what you can do to help protect drinking water. View our recommended reading list on drinking water quality.
Photo credit: Portland Fountain by Amy De Simone