Category Archive: Biodiversity

Feb 25

The Good Guys of the Algae World

In a stagnant pond, you may see what looks like matted, green hair floating in the water. But it’s not a swamp monster. It’s filamentous green algae. Piotrowski: “People typically go, ‘EW!’ but the truth is that they’re totally benign. They don’t produce toxins. They’re incredibly beneficial because they’re reducing nutrients in the water.” Michael …

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Feb 21

Breakwalls do more than protect harbors from waves

In the Milwaukee Harbor, a 500 foot section of breakwall has been re-designed to support fish. It’s made of huge boulders that fish can hide between. Then it’s covered by a layer of smaller rocks that create habitat for prey. John Janssen of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee studies life on this breakwall. He’s found …

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Feb 17

Mapping What Lies Beneath

The city of Milwaukee is working to transform its industrial harbor into a bustling waterfront district that attracts anglers, boaters, and wildlife lovers. “But not a lot of people know exactly what’s going on underneath the water,” says Brennan Dow. While a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dow was part of a project working …

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Feb 03

Protecting birds on the ground and in the air

The western Lake Erie basin is an important stopover site for migrating songbirds… and that means development in the region can impact our feathered friends. Shieldcastle: “It’s a constant vigilance and concern. For birds, not only is the habitat a concern, but you know structures.” That’s Mark Shieldcastle of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in …

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Jan 31

A conservation effort that’s all it’s quacked up to be

In an agricultural area of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a group of organizations has been helping one landowner restore about a hundred acres back to its native state – a mix of grassland prairie and wetlands. Ducks Unlimited’s Jason Hill says restoring the wetlands required little more than removing dams and drainage systems. Hill: “The wetland seed …

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