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Ecology and Natural Resources Collection The Ecology and Natural Resources Collection brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary publications: writings about research in ecology and natural resources conducted by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable titles in these fields held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries.

A wide range of materials in a variety of formats including electronic facsimiles of books, manuscripts, and important serial titles will be added to the collection on an ongoing basis. In addition, this collection will contain digitized images, including photographs and maps that librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists have deemed important to these fields of study.

It is hoped that the search features of the collection will be a convenient aid to scholarship, study, and teaching of disciplines in the area of Ecology and Natural Resources.

Due to the variety of formats in which these materials are presented, you may find yourself using a number of search interfaces as you explore the collection. The search interface is dependent upon the structure of the materials in question and each interface provides different options for searching, retrieving and displaying the material. Please do not hesitate to contact the Libraries if you have any questions regarding the use of this collection.

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Crandon Mine Reports

Geology and Natural Resources of Wisconsin The Crandon Mine Reports provide researchers access to information about the Crandon Mine permit process that occurred from between 1976, when the Exxon Coal and Minerals Company discovered a zinc-copper ore body located in northeastern Wisconsin near the city of Crandon, to 2003, when the Nicolet Minerals Company withdrew its permit applications after purchase of the project lands by the Mole Lake Sakaogon Chippewa and the Forest County Potawatomi Tribes.

Geology and Natural Resources of Wisconsin

Geology and Natural Resources of Wisconsin Geology and Natural Resources of Wisconsin consists of nine foundation volumes that provide detailed documentation of mid- to late-19th century Wisconsin geological and natural history. Contents include government reports and land surveys of Wisconsin and surrounding states, supplemented with numerous maps and illustrations. Authors include renowned 19th-century state geologists and UW faculty and administration David Dale Owen (1807-1860), James Hall (1811-1898), Josiah Dwight Whitney (1819-1896), Edward Daniels, and Thomas C. Chamberlain (1843-1928).

Geology of Wisconsin. Survey of 1873-83 ...

Geology of Wisconsin. Survey of 1873-83 ... This series of reports is required by the specifications of the law of publication to embrace a general and systematic presentation of the geological structure of the state and the history of its formation, together with other matter whose preparation can only be advantageously completed after all special and detailed investigations have been finished.

The Kennecott Flambeau Mine Process Documents

The Kennecott Flambeau Mine Process Documents The Kennecott Flambeau Mine process documents provide researchers access to the documents that relate to the permit process for the mine. Approximately 25 documents describe the mine and its natural and cultural environments. The documents contain numerous color maps, illustrations, and approx. 130 drawings from a series of original blueprints.

All the materials in this collection were made available to the citizens of Wisconsin at the Ladysmith Public Library during the life of the mine. They were donated to the Kurt F. Wendt Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison after the mine closed. Wendt Library holds the print copies.

The Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon The Passenger Pigeon is the official scholarly publication of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, an organization of both professional and non-professional ornithologists dedicated to the study of Wisconsin birds. First published in 1939, the quarterly journal features a wide range of original information about Wisconsin birds and their habitats, including seasonal field reports, results from annual Christmas bird counts, descriptions of May and Big Day counts, and scientific research articles. Contributions include reports from birders throughout the state on ununsual and interesting sightings and historical accounts from and about prominent Wisconsin naturalists. Editorial comments from officers in the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology are provided regularly.

Proceedings of the Annual ... Conference on Wetlands Restoration and Creation

Proceedings of the Annual ... Conference on Wetlands Restoration and Creation The Annual Conference On Ecosystems Restoration and Creation began in 1973 as a small regional conference targeted at the emerging art and science community which was concerned with environmental restoration. It began as part of a federally funded program administered by Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Its focus was centered primarily on applied restoration and creation of coastal wetlands.

Beginning in 1979, the conference expanded its scope to include all wetlands, not just coastal, and the name was changed to The Annual Conference On Wetlands Restoration and Creation. Since that time, interest in restoration increased world-wide to include total ecological restoration. To address this increased interest in all areas of ecological restoration, the conference name was again changed in 1995 to The Annual Conference On Ecosystems Restoration and Creation.

The UW-Madison Libraries digital collections include the annual conference proceedings from 1979 to date, but exclude the proceedings from the 1st through 5th conferences when the focus was limited to coastal wetlands. For more information, see The Annual Conference on Ecosystems Restoration and Creation page on the Hillsborough Community College website.

Proceedings of the ... North American Prairie Conference

Proceedings of the ... North American Prairie Conference First issued in 1970 as Symposium on Prairie and Prairie Restoration, the proceedings from these biennial conferences were subsequently published as The Proceedings of the Midwest Prairie Conference (1972-1978) and most recently (1980-date) under the title Proceedings of the North American Prairie Conference. From their inception, the prairie conferences attracted faculty, students and hands-on practitioners engaged in basic research about prairies and their successful management and restoration. Each volume is a collection of articles on topics ranging from prairie ecology and community structure, plant and animal populations, species accounts, propagation, vegetational history, and management techniques.

Proceedings of PERCIS III, the Third International Percid Fish Symposium, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A., July 20-24, 2003

Proceedings of PERCIS III, the Third International Percid Fish Symposium, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A., July 20-24, 2003 Percis III was held July 20-24, 2003, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, WI, USA. Percis III was the successor to two previous symposia, Percis I in Ontario, Canada in 1976, and Percis II in Vaasa, Finland, in 1995. Percis III was an unqualified success: the symposium included more than 180 presentations, given by over 150 registered participants from 30 countries around the world. Percis III was divided into 6 thematic areas: ecology, management, aquaculture, general biology, yellow perch in the Great lakes, and ecology and evolution of darters.

Research Report (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

Research Report (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) The Research Report series was started in 1960. Typically, reports that get published as Research Reports are narrower in scope than Technical Bulletins. They primarily report on a single topic, selected aspects of a more complex study, or interim results of long research studies.

The series appeals to a state and regional audience, primarily resource managers. Research Report manuscripts are peer-reviewed by DNR scientists and managers, and occasionally outside reviewers. 

The Technical Bulletin (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

The Technical Bulletin (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) The Technical Bulletins series was started in 1950 and was originally titled Technical Wildlife Bulletins. In 1958, the series changed its name to the current title (Technical Bulletins) and was modified to include technical reports on game, fish, and forestry subjects. Typically, reports that get published as Technical Bulletins are monograph-style publications that report on complete studies or complete portions of studies that involve major implications for change in management or policy. The Technical Bulletin series appeals to a national/international readership, including department managers and administrators and the scientific community at large. Technical Bulletin manuscripts are peer-reviewed by experts within and outside the department.

Transport, Fate and Effects of Silver in the Environment

Transport, Fate and Effects of Silver in the Environment Silver occurs naturally in the environment, but it is also used in various businesses and industries, particularly photofinishing. There has long been concern about the effects of silver on aquatic organisms. Over the past decade, significant advances have been made in the understanding of the environmental chemistry, toxicology, and biological behavior of silver. The most recent findings promise to revolutionize scientific thinking not only with regard to silver behavior, but for other metals in the environment as well. The scientific community has learned much new information about sources, concentration levels in natural waters and biota, physico-chemical forms, adsorption and desorption reactions, toxicology, bioaccumulation, influence of ligands, and transport and fate characteristics of silver. The research findings have been made public through individually published peer-reviewed papers and the proceedings of the international Argentum conferences.

UW Sea Grant Institute sponsored six international conferences on the "Transport, Fate, and Effects of Silver in the Environment", better known as Argentum I-VI. From 1993-1998, the conferences were held in Madison, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The proceedings of the first five conferences were published by UW Sea Grant and are reproduced here. SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Press published the proceedings for the sixth conference.

Virginia M. Kline Collection: Ecological Communities of Wisconsin

Virginia M. Kline Collection: Ecological Communities of Wisconsin Dr. Virginia E. (March) Kline (1926-2003) was a plant ecologist with a thirst for knowledge about the natural world. She enthusiastically taught the wonders of nature and the science of ecology to students of all ages. In her role as the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Ecologist and Research Program Manager (1975-1996), she helped to develop the new field of restoration ecology. She lectured and consulted around the world in the field of restoration ecology and received many awards for scientific excellence and community service. <more>

Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program Reports

Wisconsin Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program Reports About two-thirds of the people of Wisconsin obtain their drinking water from groundwater. Despite a general abundance of groundwater in Wisconsin, there is growing concern about the overall availability of good-quality groundwater. Substantial declines in groundwater levels have occurred in some areas, and a variety of both naturally occurring and anthropogenic chemical contaminants have been detected in the groundwater in many parts of the state.

To better understand and manage these problems, the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) and the state departments of Natural Resources (DNR), Commerce and Agriculture, and Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) have provided nearly $12 million in groundwater research and monitoring grants to 298 investigators during FY89-FY03. The Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council (GCC) coordinates this multi-agency state Groundwater Research and Monitoring Program, which awards up to $750,000 for a variety of projects each year.

The UW-Madison Water Resources Institute (WRI) administers the program for UWS. This collection contains the final reports of projects funded by UWS and DNR. The paper copies of these reports are available at the UW-Madison Water Resources Library.

Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory Maps (Bordner Survey)

Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory Maps (Bordner Survey) Often called the "Bordner Survey" after its director, John Bordner, the Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory was a Depression-era project to inventory the land resources of Wisconsin so that they could be used more productively. Field workers, usually trained foresters, tried to touch each "forty" in a county and map current land use and land cover, signs of erosion, and size and quality of stands of timber. Included on the maps are such features as houses, schools, churches, taverns, cheese factories, filling stations, and logging camps. Each map covers one survey township. Milwaukee County was not mapped, and maps for Lincoln, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties were not published. Land in Menominee County, established in 1961, is included as part of Langlade, Oconto, and Shawano Counties. Together, these maps present a portrait of the Wisconsin landscape during the 1930s and 1940s.

For more information, see Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory, Land Cover Maps.

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