Video: Why We’re Spending Another Winter Snowplowing a Bog

This year marks the second season for our ambitious winter limnology experiment up in Vilas County. In case you missed our initial post about why in the world someone would spend all winter plowing a frozen bog every time it snowed, here’s a link to the full story.

The short version is this: As climate change results in warmer winters in the Midwest, that means changing ice conditions on frozen lakes. For example, less snowfall would mean less snow cover on a frozen lake’s surface, which means more sunlight could shine through the ice and filter down into the water column. And, well, we’re curious to know what that might mean for water chemistry and biological processes and, well, all of the things going on under the ice?

Katie Thoresen, news director at WXPR recently spent a day out on Sparkling Bog near our Trout Lake research station. Here’s her report on how year two of our big bog adventure is going!



Cover Image: Adrianna Gorsky and Ellie Socha.