BOULDER JUNCTION, WI – On Friday, August 3rd, the UW-Madison Center for Limnology will host its 8th annual Open House at Trout Lake Station, our research facility in Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods.
Join us from 1 to 5 pm for a chance to get a first-hand look at what research is going on at the station this summer, as well as meet the scientists and students conducting it! Some of the research featured will be:
- a large-scale bass removal project on McDermott Lake designed to illuminate trends in walleye population declines
- using cutting edge limnological measurement technology to gather real-time water quality data on local lakes
- groundwater studies in area forests that will shed light on the way trees use water and respond to drought
- research on invasive rainbow smelt in Northwoods lakes
- studies on the role of microbes in our lake ecosystems
Activities for visitors will include riding out on pontoon boats for a “research cruise” on Trout Lake, meeting some of the fish that call Wisconsin’s northern lakes home, demonstrations on how to tell invasive species from natives and talking with scientists about the state of Wisconsin lakes and our role in keeping them healthy for future generations.
There will also be aquatic-themed crafts for kids, an art exhibition of material produced by the station’s annual “Artists in Residence,” and, of course, free Babcock Dairy ice cream brought up from the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus!
The event is free and open to visitors of all ages.
Scientists at the Center for Limnology conduct research all over the world, exchanging knowledge and helping to solve global environmental problems. We hope you’ll join us at Trout Lake Station, where researchers are doing world-class research on Wisconsin lakes.
Trout Lake Station is located at 10810 Hwy N. (between Hwy 51 and Hwy M). For more information, call 715-356-9494 or e-mail hinterthuer (at) wisc (dot) edu
All photos by Riley Steinbrenner