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7/18/2014 8:58:00 AM
Free science sessions at Kemp Station

The Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff has three free public educational sessions remaining this summer. 

On Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m., join Wisconsin DNR scientists Scott Hull & Chris Pollentier, and Dr. Scott Lutz, UW-Madison, to learn more about wild turkeys in Wisconsin.

They will discuss the general history of wild turkeys in the state, describe the recent research on turkeys in southwest and west-central portions of the state, and share some of the initial findings from the first season of a current study in northern Wisconsin.

On Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m., Rachel Mallinger, a UW-Madison graduate student and developer of an online bee identification guide, will give a presentation about Wisconsin’s wild native bees.

She will also discuss her research on the factors affecting wild bee populations and their role in crop pollination and discuss what you can do to help conserve these wild bees.

On Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m.-Noon, join science professor Paul Engvold from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design for “Northwoods Algae: The Hidden Wonders of Pond Scum.” 

Algae have often been dismissed as a nuisance, but as primary producers, freshwater algae are extremely important ecologically in our lakes, ponds and rivers. When displayed under a microscopic, they are among nature’s most unique, colorful, strange (and sometimes dangerous) organisms.

This workshop will introduce participants to the diversity and ecology of freshwater algae with an emphasis on both the microscopic plankton and the summer “nuisance” forms in lakes and streams of the Northwoods.

This two-part workshop will introduce the major groups of algae and their identifying characteristics followed by video microscope observations of live material obtained from field collections. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples for identification. Come learn about algae.

Please register in advance for these opportunities by contacting Karla at 715-358-5667 or kortman@wisc.edu.

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