Among the Friends are many university scientists, naturalists, and citizen science advocates who share their knowledge with members and the public on field trips and in educational sessions. Here they are sharing their expertise and research on topics relating to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
Research in the Preserve is conducted in coordination with the UW Preserve staff and through official permits.
Research and Science Reviews
Key to the Glacial Erratics in the Rockwall
at Picnic Point
by Philip Brown, David Liebl, David Mickelson
“Seeing” Climate Change: From Wisconsin to the World and Back”
by John Kutzbach
See also newsletter Preserve!, Spring 2015
View and listen to the entire presentation at the Annual Meeting, 2015
Early Climate Research at the Preserve: Marsh Farm and Tent Colony, Flower Pots and Second Point Bars.
by John Kutzbach
Class of 1918 Marsh in
Winter 2012-2013: Ice and Snow, Habitat for Fishes and Road Salt
by John Magnuson [see also]
Dugan, Helmueller, Magnuson, Ice formation and the risk of chloride
toxicity in shallow wetlands and lakes.
Biocore Prairie Bird Observatory
Established in 2001 by Mara McDonald
An all-volunteer research project that monitors bird populations in the Preserve. After the death of Mara McDonald in 2016, administration of the Observatory has been transferred to Mark Berres in the Department of Animal Sciences.
Geology of Eagle Heights Woods
by David Mickelson
An introduction to the geology of the Preserve and Wisconsin.
Watch Dave Mickelson speak about the formation of the Madison Lakes in this (2:34 minutes)
Blue Sky Science talk for the Morgridge Institute
David was named Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences arts & Letters in 2018
Citizen Science Projects
Bluebird Trail in the Biocore Prairie
15 Bluebird nesting boxes are located along loop trail around the perimeter of the Biocore Prairie and Community Garden. Established in 2014, the boxes are maintained and monitored weekly by a core of volunteers. Annual statistics are submitted to the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, BRAW, and the Preserve.
Acoustic BAT Monitoring Project
A team of volunteers use a GPS-linked echolocation monitoring device to survey the presence of bats along a specified route in the Preserve. The project is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, establishing baseline data on bat species and locations throughout Wisconsin. The project was started in the Preserve by Kennedy Gilchrist and Levi Wood in 2015.
In 2018, the student team of the UW-Madison Bat Brigade continued the project, with the Biocore Lab Manager Seth McGee as advisor.
Purple Martin House - Biocore Prairie
In spring 2017 a Friends Team of PUMA enthusiasts installed a purple martin house at the edge of the Biocore Prairie. The house is maintained by a group of six volunteers, who monitored the house closely throughout the summer months, keeping compartments free of nests built by other species. By June, the structure had attracted four martins, two of whom nested and produced young. We are thrilled to report that the babies successfully fledged at the beginning of August.
Mirages over Lake Mendota
A fascinating double mirage across Lake Mendota toward Maple Bluff. View the photographs by Arlene Koziol and detailed physical explanation of this optical phenomenon by John Kutzbach.