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The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

Becky Sapper, Director of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program at UW-Extension, explains how to become a volunteer for the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program and discusses the requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to be certified.

How to Talk About GMOs

Kim Bremmer, Owner of Ag Inspirations, addresses ways to share information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with the public. Bremmer explains there are currently only eight genetically modified organisms: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, canola, sugar beets, papaya and squash.

Soil Health, Microbiology and Grazing

Justin Morris, Soil Health Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, explains how to manage the soil ecosystem to provide healthier, more nutritious forage for livestock.

Furbearers and Forest Wildlife

John Olson, Furbearer Biologist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, displays the pelts of fur bearing animals that live in semi-aquatic, wetland and forest environments. Olson discusses the animals’ habits and habitats.

Our Brain’s Addiction to Stories

Indre Viskontas, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco, explains how the brain stores information and the physiology behind how memories are constructed.

The Jet Stream

Zachary Handlos, Research Associate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how the jet stream works and its importance in the development and motion of weather systems. Handlos discusses how the jet stream was first discovered and the role UW-Madison played in the invention of the first weather satellite.

Tales of Star Clusters

Kyle Cudworth, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, explains the difference between open star clusters and globulars, which contain hundreds of thousands of stars and are more centrally concentrated than the open clusters.

The Well-Being of the Caregiver

Kristin Litzelman, Integrated Specialist in Human Development and Family Studies at UW-Extension, defines the work of informal caregivers, discusses why caregiving is important and shares results of her research of spousal support of cancer survivors.

Project BudBurst

Caleb Slemmons, Field Technician at NEON, Inc., presents information about an ongoing project led by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Chicago Botanical Garden where groups and individuals have been collecting data about seasonal changes in plants since 2007.

Bats of Wisconsin

John P. White, Conservation Biologist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, discusses the threat of extinction facing bats that hibernate in caves and mines in Wisconsin. White suggests ways citizen scientists can help to monitor and protect the health of the bats.

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