The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's College of Natural Resources (CNR) will offer several free, educational lectures this semester, including a series of presentations on climate change and the screening of a short film on lumberjack sports that features two college alumni.
The 2020 Spring Seminar Series, "The Changing Climate of Natural Resources Management" includes six presentations beginning Thursday, Feb. 6. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife and CNR at UW-Stevens Point, it will be held throughout the semester "as a catalyst for constructive conversation and positive change," said Professor Scott Hygnstrom, the center's director and Douglas R. Stephens Endowed Chair in Wildlife.
Each presentation will be held from 4-5 p.m. on selected Thursdays in Room 170 of the Trainer Natural Resources Building, with a reception to follow. The public may attend free of charge. For additional information, go to www.uwsp.edu/cnr/WCW/Pages/2020-Seminar-Series.aspx.
The first presentation on Feb. 6 is "Hothouse Earth: How Wildlife are Responding to a Changing Climate," featuring Ben Zuckerberg, associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology at UW-Madison. His research focuses on how climate change and habitat loss are influencing wildlife behavior, abundance and distribution.
The series will continue with:
- Feb. 13 - "Adapting to Climate Change in the Northwoods of Wisconsin," by Linda Parker, forest ecologist at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with the U.S. Forest Service
- Feb. 20 - "White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit," by Jonathan Pauli, associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology at UW-Madison (research on a decline of snowshoe hares due to lack of camouflage with decreasing snow cover)
- March 5 - "Climate Change, Culturally Important Species and Indigenous Focused Climate Adaptation," by Robert Croll, policy analyst/climate change coordinator for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
- March 12 - "Wisconsin's Coldwater Trout Fisheries in a Warming Climate," by Matthew Mitro, coldwater fisheries scientist at the Office of Applied Science in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- March 26 - "Can We Manage Wildlife at the Scale of Climate Change?," by Perry Barboza, professor of wildlife and fisheries science and Boone and Crockett Chair of Wildlife Conservation and Policy at Texas A&M University
The documentary "A Cut Above" will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Dreyfus University Center Theater. The 13-minute film explores the history, people and growing diversity of lumberjack sports. It features UW-Stevens Point alumni Kate Witkowski and Rainer Shooter and was filmed across Wisconsin.
A discussion will be held following the film with director Kate Houle, cinematographer Rob Houle, Witkowski and members of the university's Woodland Sports team. The public may attend free of charge.