Tag: Richter Natural History Museum

What is white, descends from the skies, and a welcome sight in October?


Not snow flakes. Snowy owls. Formerly a rare visitor to Wisconsin and the Lower 48, in recent winters the large Arctic birds have been showing up around here in increasing numbers. This year, well in advance of the first snows, researchers have already documented at least 30 “snowies” in Wisconsin, including a half dozen locally […]

High schools to share research at Tuesday’s watershed symposium

Nearly 100 students and teachers from participating Northeastern Wisconsin high schools will spend the day on the UW-Green Bay campus Tuesday (April 14) for the 12th annual Student Watershed Symposium. The symposium brings together the high schoolers and UW-Green Bay faculty researchers who partner on monitoring the health of the Fox River basin through the […]

Snowy owl tracker received his training from Richter’s Erdman

Snowy owls have been capturing the attention of birders in Northeast Wisconsin. The owls spend their summers near the Arctic Circle, moving south in the winter, but usually not this far south. NPR has an expansive story about tracking these mystery birds, and an astute listener found a UW-Green Bay tie. UWGB alumnus Dave Brinker […]

Plentiful pelicans: Richter Museum’s Erdman talks birds with Fox 11 News

Members of your Log news team had noticed, but not given much thought to, the sizeable number of pelicans hanging out near the Fox River Dam in De Pere. It turns out the birds are part of a pelican resurgence in our area, as UW-Green Bay’s Tom Erdman explained in a Fox 11 News story […]

In pictures: Little learners love the Richter Museum

About 100 local second-graders got to experience the fun of hands-on science last month when they toured the Richter Museum of Natural History on campus. Museum Curator Tom Erdman hosted three classes over three days, showing and telling about the numerous animal specimens the museum contains. Remarked one teacher, “they all want to be scientists […]

Second-graders have a field day at campus Richter Museum

Close to 100 local second-graders got an up-close look at science and the natural world during recent field trips to the Richter Museum of Natural History. Housed on the UW-Green Bay campus, the Richter Museum contains one of Wisconsin’s most significant collections of animal specimens for scientific research and education.

Birds wanted: Luring rare falcons to nest in Phoenix Land

Bird enthusiasts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are taking an “if you build it, they will come” approach toward attracting peregrine falcons to nest atop the campus’ tallest building. Observers could know as early as this month whether peregrines will return to nest atop the eight-story Cofrin Library.

Erdman lends a hand to world-class artist’s work

Richter Museum curator Thomas Erdman is quoted at length in a Tuesday (July 26) Green Bay Press-Gazette story about a local wildfowl artist who’s among the best there is. Gary Eigenberger of Ashwaubenon is recognized as a world-level master for his bird sculptures, which will be on display at the Neville Public Museum of Brown […]

Campus peregrine falcons gone but not forgotten

Amid the end-of-semester hubbub and finals-time insanity, you may have missed the news that UW-Green Bay and its Cofrin Library building this spring played temporary host to two very special guests — a nesting pair of peregrine falcons. And while the female’s three eggs ultimately failed to produce offspring, Richter Museum Curator Thomas Erdman said […]

Cofrin Library plays temporary host to pair of peregrine falcons

The ubiquitous Phoenix may be the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s most familiar feathered friend, but earlier this spring it was a rare bird of another kind rising to notoriety on campus. At least two peregrine falcons made themselves at home on the roof of the eight-story Cofrin Library for about a month in April and […]