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Environmental Education

Lake Wingra Storm Drain Mural at Vilas Park

October, 2021 Have you seen the new turtle mural above the storm drain at Vilas Park? It features two of Lake Wingra’s favorite creatures to spot: the snapping and painted turtle. The new turtle mural, located across from the tennis court parking lot near Lake Wingra in Vilas Park, was made possible by Dane County’s …

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Under the Ice: How Organisms Survive Lake Wingra in Winter

by Grace Graham, WI Master Naturalist Volunteer for UW-Madison Arboretum Just as we are experiencing the transformation to winter, the lakes around us are facing their own seasonal changes. During spring and fall, the water column experiences a process called turn­over, the mixing of water from different depths, and a redistribu­tion of oxygen and nutrients. …

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Meet Your Local Aquatic Plant: The Common Bladderwort

By Hannah Buscemi The common bladderwort is an aquatic plant native to the Northern hemisphere, and it can be found in Wisconsin and Lake Wingra. In fact, out of all the Madison area Lakes, this includes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, Lower & Upper Mud Lake, and the Yahara River, Lake Wingra was the only one to …

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High Temperatures and Clarity Make Wingra Waters Inviting

May 29,2018 By Roger Bannerman Recent warm weather has produced water temperatures in Lake Wingra that are the same as a swimming pool!  At all depths the temperature of the water is around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  A temperature that can refresh on a hot day.  Only 3 weeks ago it was a more stimulating 67 …

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Monarchs for Kids in 2017—Connecting with Mexico

In the library, a monarch butterfly rested on a small boy’s hand.  Suddenly it fluttered upward—zig-zagging over bookshelves toward a window. Four squealing children ran to where it landed on a windowsill.  Catalina approached, coaxing it onto her fingertip.  Her eyes flashed with uncertainty, bravery, and wonder.  A big smile appeared.  “Look what I caught!  …

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