Monthly Meeting: Avian Cholera with Dr. Mike Samuel

On Thursday, we had our first of two meetings for the month of December. Dr. Mike Samuel from the Department of Wildlife Ecology here at UW-Madison (and our advisor!)  discussed with us the history and prevalence of Avian Cholera in the USA. Check out this link to an article that the USGS-National Wildlife Health Center has posted on their website as a reference to what Dr. Samuel talked to us about.

NWHC-Avian Cholera Informational Article

Also a reminder to keep your calendars open for our last meeting of the semester on Thursday, December 15th at 6pm in room 101 Hanson Laboratories. We will be hosting Dr. Anne Ballmann a wildlife disease specialist at the National Wildlife Health Center.


Museum Tour and Union South Social

This past Friday, several WiscWDA members were able to take a behind the scenes tour of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoological Museum. We were able to visualize a wide variety of specimens and species that have been donated from around the world to this museum to be preserved, used and loaned out for research studies. Special thanks for Emily, the Museum Registrar, for the tour and for answering all of our questions!

Following the tour a group of students stopped by The Sett for a few drinks and some delicious fried food (yum). Thanks for all who joined!


Fall 2016 Zoological Museum Tour

Wisconsin Science Festival and Other Announcements!

This past weekend, members of WiscWDA were able to spread their knowledge and passion of wildlife by volunteering at the annual Wisconsin Science Festival held in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the UW campus. Our theme at this year’s Festival was “Who’s Tracks and Scat is that?” which allowed us to discuss with the public (especially with children) how important tracks and scat are when working with wildlife. In addition, we were able to educate parents about how to avoid coming into contact with zoonotic diseases. A big shout out and thanks to our volunteers this weekend!

A reminder that our next meeting will be this coming Thursday (10/27) at 6pm in Room 101 Hanson Laboratories (1656 Linden Dr. We will be discussing current wildlife controversies including feral cats, wild horses, gray and red wolves, and lethal vs. hormonal population control. This will be a friendly open discussion! We hope to see you there!

Also, mark your calendars for Friday, November 4th when we will have our first social. We will be touring the UW Zoology Museum and will head to Union South afterwards for  by food/drinks! Get excited!


First meeting: vaccinating bats for rabies

Hello WiscWDA members!

Our first meeting of the semester is this week – Thursday September 29th at 6pm, 101 Hanson Biomedical Sciences Buildings (see map below).

Dr. Ben Stading (former WiscWDA board member!) will be coming to share the results of his research: “Can we vaccinate bats for rabies? Working upstream against the world’s most deadly disease.”

September 28 is World Rabies Day! Check out and learn more at our meeting.

We are excited to see you there!

We have a new board!

Here is our 2016-2017 board!


  • President: Miranda Torkelson
  • Secretary: Melanie Iverson
  • Treasurer: Kaylyn Goertz
  • Vice President: Julia Poje
  • Event Coordinator: Shannon Rudin
  • Undergraduate representative: KM Barnett
  • Vet student representative: Stephanie Kurth

Stay in touch with us on Facebook or via email (wiscwda AT The board members will update you on their summer adventures.

Also join us for the Wildlife Disease Association meeting July 31st – August 5th 2016.




April 9th – 1st WISC WDA Wildlife Health Symposium

Registration is open!!!

Sin Nombre, Johne’s Disease, Avian Malaria, CWD and workshops at the Vet School, 9AM-4PM, $10 for member, $15 for non-members, coffee and lunch included, social afterUntitled.

  • 9 -Breakfast (included)
  • 9:30 – Welcome
  • 9.45 – Talks
    • Bryan Richards, Chronic Wasting Disease Project Leader at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center
      • Topic: CWD impact and management
    • Dr. Mike Collins, Professor of Microbiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine UW-Madison
      • Paratuberculosis in Wildlife
    • Dr. John Orrock, Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology UW-Madison
      • How climate and predators shape large-scale patterns of Sin Nombre virus in wild mice.
  • 12 -Lunch (included)
  • 1 – Final talk
    • Dr. Mike Samuel, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology UW-Madison and Assistant Unit Leader, USGS BRD Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
      • Trouble in Paradise – Avian Malaria and the Demise of Hawaiian Forest Birds
  • 2-4pm – Wetlabs
  • Social @Union South