Of cows and climate: CALS researchers leading effort to make dairy farms 'greener'

On a subzero February day, Mark Powell stops his vehicle on the road a few miles outside Prairie du Sac. He's been explaining that cows actually enjoy the polar weather - and as if to prove it, a group in the barnyard turns toward us and rushes the fence.

New MOOCs to focus on environmental and community themes

It was Aldo Leopold -- the 20th century conservationist, father of wildlife management and former University of Wisconsin faculty member, who once said, "There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to the land."

The right stuff: Phil Townsend shares remote-sensing expertise with NASA astronauts

Forest and wildlife ecology Professor Phil Townsend is at the Johnson Space Center this month to train astronaut candidates on how remotely sensed data are used to measure ecosystem function on Earth.

Baby sea turtles spend 'lost years' in warm blankets of seaweed

Nosing their way out of eggs buried in sandy beaches from Florida's east coast north into the Carolinas, baby loggerhead sea turtles race to the water as fast as their flippers will carry them and begin a swim frenzy to clear the predator-rich shore.

Seed dispersal gets a test in carved-out 'habitat corridors'

Ecologists go to great lengths to get data, so when a group of ecologists set out to see how wind moves seeds through isolated patches of habitat carved into a longleaf pine plantation in South Carolina, they twisted colored yarn to create mock seeds that would drift with the wind much like native seeds.

The Sloth's Busy Inner Life

It's true that the sloth, which lives in the jungles of Central and South America, would barely prevail in a race with a snail. But it's not a sluggard because it's lazy. Rather, it has carved out a remarkably ingenious mode of life in the treetops, but one that imposes certain constraints on its speed and energy level.

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