The Lakeland Badger Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association has announced the upcoming series, Science on Tap, which will begin Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Divano Lounge (upper floor) of the Minocqua Brewing Company, 238 Lakeshore Drive, Minocqua (next to Torpy Park). The series is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station, Kemp Natural Resources Station, Minocqua Library, Lakeland Badger Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the Minocqua Brewing Company. This series is free to the public.
Science on Tap will be a series of discussions led by scientists and others on issues affecting the Wisconsin Northwoods. It will offer an opportunity for people who live in and visit the Northwoods to learn about the landscape and for researchers to hear the concerns, interests and observations of anyone who has been out on a boat, tromping through the woods or just enjoying the the Northwoods.
“Wisconsin’s Northwoods: A Changing Landscape in Changing Times” will be the first topic and will be led by Tim Krantz, Ph.D, director of the Trout Lake Station and Tom Steele, Ph.D, director of Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff. The discussion will focus on the Northwoods’ storied history of human impacts, from logging and fishing to development and tourism. People have long been making their mark on this unique ecosystem. Steele and Krantz will share what they know about the last 100 years of change in the Northwoods and will lead a discussion on what the future may hold.
“Hopefully,” said Steele, “this will become a successful event where people know they can grab a beer, ask a few questions and get to know the folks who are exploring the past, present and future of Wisconsin’s incomparable Northwoods.”
Another event is scheduled for Wednesday March 6, at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be “Climate change and what it means for Northwoods lakes, forests and outdoor recreation.” Speakers will be John Magnuson, Director Emeritus, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison; and Ankur Desai, associate professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison.
The series is supported by the UW-Madison Chancellor’s Office and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hank Roessel, WAA- Lakeland Badger Chapter at (715) 358-6384.