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Landscaping with Native Plants

Donna VanBuecken, Charter President, Wild Ones, Fox Valley and Outagamie County, explains new research which indicates that native plants are essential for a healthy ecosystem, shares her enthusiasm for native plants and focuses on their importance in the home landscape.

Tick-Borne Disease in Wisconsin

Susan Paskewitz, Medical Entomologist, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, discusses the biology of deer and wood ticks, the prevalence of tick-borne disease in Wisconsin, and the ongoing research on tick control.

Door County Maritime Archaeology

Carolyn Rock, Natural Resource Educator, Wisconsin DNR, explores the multitudes of shipwrecks around the Door County peninsula. Rock explains that maritime archeology is the preservation of our cultural heritage providing a glimpse into the economics, culture, industry and daily life at the time of the shipwreck.

Wisconsin Beaches

Greg Kleinheinz, Professor, Environmental Engineering Technology, UW-Oshkosh, explores concerns about beach contamination and focuses on the environmental, public health, economic and social benefits of healthy beaches in Door County.

Crossing the Driftless

Lynne Diebel, Author, Crossing the Driftless, details her 359 mile canoe trip though the Driftless region of Wisconsin. Diebel and her husband, Bob, paddled on the Cannon, Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers, following the traditions of the French voyageurs and Native Americans.

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Zen Miller, Agriculture Dairy/Livestock Agent, Outagamie County, UW-Extension, explores modern farm animal feeding operations and production systems, the evolution of these practices and the technologies available today.

Trends in Wisconsin Biotechnology

Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Extension, highlights changes in biotechnology, focusing on genetic research, gene transfer, gene synthesis and DNA sequencing.

Reclamation of Nonmetallic Mining Sites

Bronson Thalacker, Technician/Specialist, Soil & Water Conservation, Barron County, discusses the steps, required by state law, to reclaim non-metallic mines when mining is complete. Thalacker focuses on the high-quality sand in Wisconsin being used for hydrofracking and the land reclamation plans that are in place.

New Horizons, the Mission to Pluto

Jim Lattis, Director, UW Space Place, follows the New Horizons spacecraft, launched in 2006, as it makes its closest approach to Pluto. Lattis shares close-up images of the dwarf planet and discusses the scientific observations resulting from the mission.

Wild Rice History, Biology and Harvest

John Haack, Natural Resource Educator, UW-Extension, discusses the history of harvesting wild rice by indigenous people as far back as 1000 B.C. and explains the Anishinabe (Ojibwe) migration to the “land where food grows on water.” Haack demonstrates the process of harvesting the wild rice.

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