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2020 Cabin Fever Lecture Series

Wednesday February 12        Link to Jack's Presentation

Animated Maps and Other Resources from Jack's Lab

Ecological Responses to Climate Change: Lessons from the Past

Professor Jack Williams, UW-Madison Dept. of Geography and Center for Climate Research

How do species adapt to changing climates and how can we help them?  Some of our best examples come from the end of the last ice age, when the world warmed by 5-10F.  Jack will review how he studies past climates and ecosystems, what has been learned, and insights for today. 

Sponsored by: Hiroshi & Arlene Kanno, Village Booksmith, Pat Bullard, Glenville Timberwrights,

Mary Luckhardt-Klemm, Badger Talks

Wednesday February 26                      Link to David's Plant List

Native Shrubs & Trees for the Birds and Bees

David Stevens, Curator of Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, UW-Madison Arboretum

Learn about the rich variety of woody plants native to southern Wisconsin and the benefits of incorporating them into your home landscape to help attract and sustain a diversity of bird and pollinator species. David also helps his wife Jane, BRPA Board Member, run her 130-acre certified organic farm high atop the Baraboo Range.

Sponsored by: Terrence & Barbara McCormick, Minuteman Press Baraboo, Johnsen Insurance, Greenhalgh Legal Services, MBE CPAs


Wednesday March 11

Enhancing Soil Health through Policy and Practice

Professor Steve Ventura, Chair of the UW-Madison Agroecology Program

Healthy soils are fundamental to food security and provide numerous other ecosystem services, including water purification and carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change. This talk will introduce some of the practices, possible policies and incentives that could encourage adoption by farmers and land managers looking to rebuild their degraded soils.

Sponsored by: Cross, Jenks, Mercer & Maffei Law Firm, MSA Professional Services, the Grainery, Badger Talks

Wednesday March 25         Postponed Until ?

Movie Night: Trees in Trouble

A Documentary Film about America’s Urban Forests

Join us for our annual pizza party as we screen this 30 minute film that details how invasive insect pests like Emerald Ash Borer are killing thousands of Midwestern urban trees. Following the film there will be an informal discussion with local foresters about what they are seeing and how they are dealing with the EAB outbreak in the city of Baraboo and our surrounding forests.

Sponsored by: Gerd Muehllehner, Edward Jones Financial Advisor-Preston Baus, Annie Randall Memorial Book Club

Major funding for the series provided by the Arnold and Judith Utzinger Fund at the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Baraboo, and members of the Baraboo Range Preservation Association. 

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