Category Archives: Restoration ecology

A Sunday Afternoon Outing With The Prairie Enthusiasts

June 7, 2017 Madison, WI–Last Sunday afternoon was a picture perfect day in southern Wisconsin–clear skies, warm breezes, and low humidity.   It was also a wonderful day to spend with fellow prairie enthusiasts, literally on top of the world, … Continue reading

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Madison Groundwater Pumping Alert

Why is City of Madison Pumping Groundwater Down the Stormdrain? A resident of Madison’s Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood alerted me this evening (5.25.17) that the street reconstruction project on Sprague St. had likely hit a groundwater vein and that crews had set … Continue reading

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May Is Time to Garden With Native Plants

Madison, WI–The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people to get outside and put a few more native plants in their gardens to help increase wildlife habitat. The DNR’s  Wisconsin Native Plants publication lists native plants that will do … Continue reading

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White Trout-Lily

Madison, WI.  On Sunday I went down to the Arboretum’s Wingra Oak Savanna with some friends to show them around the restoration project and to look at the nearby Council Springs, and Dancing Sands Springs.  And, of course, to botanize. … Continue reading

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2017 Annual Chapter Meeting of SER Midwest Great Lakes March 24-27 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Assembling the Restoration Community is Theme of Annual Meeting. The Ninth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from March 24 to March 26, 2017.  Next … Continue reading

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Storm Water Management versus Ecological Restoration–a review of Pond #1

Fraying of Social and Ecological Connections Sometimes changes to landscape features happen so gradually, and over such a long time frame that we come to take them for granted. If we see them at all, we consider them part of … Continue reading

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Ray Schulenberg Planted the Prairie at Taylor University

Last month I spent a few days in Indiana and took the opportunity to visit Taylor University in Upland, Indiana to see and photograph its famous prairie planted by Ray Schulenberg.  I had seen the prairie many years earlier but … Continue reading

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Kissick Alkaline Bog Lake–a Wisconsin State Natural Area

A field trip to one of Wisconsin’s ecological gems, sponsored by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin One of the pleasures, and benefits, of living in Wisconsin is that one is surrounded by a vast natural beauty and that it … Continue reading

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Planning for the future of ecological restoration

When I am planning an ecological restoration project, my two main questions are: 1) Toward what restoration standard (s) should I aim; and 2) What is the best way to achieve the desired outcome (s)? The answers to these two … Continue reading

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