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!
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!
Thursday March 10th, Dr. Chris Brand shared stories about wildlife disease outbreak investigations and research. How duck plague (anatid herpesvirus 1) forced the government to be serious about wildlife diseases. How avian cholera (Pasteurella multocida) moved with the snow geese migration from North to South and how two wildlife biologist got infected with a parrot disease (Chlamydia psittaci) working on these outbreaks. Lastly we discussed how the field is changing: quickly emerging new diseases, wildlife disease classes are offered at many universities, modeling diseases is becoming more important, but boots on the ground should remain.
Thank you all for coming out and thank you Dr. Brand for your swan song!