Falcon Cam Photo

Follow UW-Green Bay’s nesting Peregrines Mimi and Rupert via webcam

Thanks to the work of dedicated students (especially Jacob Woulf, Brandon Byrne, and Noah Nei), faculty mentors (Amy Wolf and Bob Howe), the UW-Green Bay IT staff (especially Ron Kottnitz and Monika Pynaker), Paul Pinkston and staff at Facilities Management, and support from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and local bird enthusiasts Paul and Annie Mueller, the nest of UW-Green Bay’s Peregrine Falcons (Mimi and Rupert) is available for online viewing. The nest, located in a converted vent near the top of the Cofrin Library, can be followed at UW-Green Bay Peregrine Falcon Nest Box LiveStream video on YouTube.

See the Falcon Cam

Reports Wolf, “The first egg was laid last week, and Mimi and Rupert are now incubating four eggs! We expect the young to hatch around April 24-26. We all hope that these spectacular birds will provide some enjoyment for you and others, especially during these difficult times.”

Find more about the history of this endangered pair, see our 2017 article Campus Cliffhanger: A team of volunteers bands together for successful birth and banding of Peregrine falcons.

May, 14, 2019 photo of falcon nest.

Wisconsin history’s memorable women to celebrate in March | greenbaypressgazette.com

Emma Toft left a special mark on UW-Green Bay. Baileys Harbor was not only Emma Toft’s birthplace in 1891, but also the area she remained dedicated to for most of her life. Her father owned over 300 acres of forest, which is now considered Toft Point, according to Wisconsin Women Making History. Following his death, Toft opted to share the natural wonders of the forest and opened a summer resort called Toft Point Resort with the rest of her family.  Over the next several years, many industrial eyes turned to Toft Point, eager to see the forest destroyed in favor of a more lavish establishment, but Toft was adamant in protecting and preserving her father’s land. As a result, the forest is largely unchanged from even before Toft’s father bought it. Among her efforts to preserve Toft Point, Toft also protected Ridges Sanctuary and Ellison Bay, side by side with landscape architect Jens Jensen. Toft eventually trusted the forest to the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy, before it changed hands again. Now, Toft Point, still a nature preserve, is often cared for and used by University of Wisconsin- Green Bay students for research. Source: Wisconsin history’s memorable women to celebrate in March | greenbaypressgazette.com

Peregrine parents Mimi and Rupert are back!

Mimi and Rupert, Peregrine Falcon parents, are back at UW-Green Bay after coming here to lay eggs for the last few years. Mimi spent time on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 adjusting the nesting box on the top of the Cofrin Library to her liking. More on the importance and the history of the nesting site, here. The Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter and Cofrin Center for Biodiversity are hoping for another successful season for Mimi and Rupert. Watch Mimi take a look around her nesting box.

UW-Green Bay celebrates biodiversity with ‘One Tree, One Planet’ Interactive Exhibit

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, the UW-Green Bay campus community and public experienced a special viewing of the One Tree, One Planet exhibit at the Weidner Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. The interactive computerized projection depicts the Tree of Life and maps the relationship of every living species on our planet. The exhibit was brought to UW-Green Bay with support from the 1923 Fund. Nearly 150 people spent time at the artist talk and exhibit throughout the day.

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One Tree, One Planet art

All are invited to interact with the ‘Tree of Life’ at the One Tree, One Planet exhibit, Feb. 4

Please join the campus community on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at the Weidner Center for One Tree, One Planet—a ground-breaking, biodiversity interactive projection created by internationally renowned artist Naziha Mestaoui in collaboration with scientists at the University of Florida.

Interact with the artwork and explore the Tree of Life to understand the connections between our species (Homo sapiens) and other organisms. A downloadable app allows you to become part of the artwork, merging your heartbeat’s rhythms with the projection, producing music patterned after the DNA sequences shared by all organisms on Earth.

One Tree, One Planet is a project dedicated to helping humans understand their connections to all life on earth, as well as how the earth can be protected.

The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center with a public lecture by Florida Museum Distinguished Curators Douglas and Pamela Soltis at 4 p.m. The one of many in the year-long celebration of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s 20th Anniversary.

Learn more about One Tree, One Planet and download the app at: www.onetreeoneplanet.org

UW-Green Bay Prof. Bob Howe is featured in Audubon Magazine

This year the lake rose again, to near-record highs. And yet, birds flourished, thanks to a project that’s rebuilding the islands. Gulls, terns, and other colonial nesters were back. So were more than 30 shorebird species, including the threatened rufa Red Knot and the endangered Piping Plover. Drawn to the newly built high ground, plovers returned in 2016 to nest in Lower Green Bay for the first time in 75 years. This past summer 15 chicks scuttled across the Cat Island sands, a promising foothold for a fragile population. ‘Frankly, I was not expecting this kind of success,’ says Prof. Bob Howe, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay ecologist involved in the restoration. ‘The results have been nothing short of amazing.'” Read more from Audubon Magazine.

No rain, nor sleet, nor snow could stop the rice planters from succeeding

From seed handlers, to boat operators and ice breakers, to rice harvesters and transporters to the planning team, many people contributed their time and effort to a successful Green Bay wild rice seeding, even in the face of treacherous Wisconsin weather conditions bringing snow, wind, ice and sub-freezing temperatures throughout the week.

To show just how successful this wild rice seeding was, we need to get analytical for a moment. In total, 65 people participated in rice seeding throughout the week, including 20 middle-schoolers. Forty-eight bags of wild rice, weighing more than one ton, were transported and seeded and 40 acres of wetlands were seeded at seven different sites on the Green Bay west shore.

You can read more about the wild rice seeding process here.

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Egg Harbor’s PAI Opens Natural Inspiration at Kress Pavilion – Door County Pulse

The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative (PAI)—in collaboration with the Kress Pavilion and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery and Cofrin Center for Biodiversity—is opening Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection, an exhibition on loan from the Lawton Gallery. It will remain on display through February 2020. An opening reception with refreshments will take place Nov. 5, 4-7 pm. Dan Meinhardt, curator of UW-Green Bay’s Richter Museum of Natural History, will introduce the exhibit at 5:45 pm, and Open Door Bird Sanctuary will show live raptors, 5:30-6:30 pm, with a presentation at 6 pm. See more via Egg Harbor’s PAI Opens Natural Inspiration at Kress Pavilion – Door County Pulse.

Popular ‘Museum of Natural Inspiration’ moves to Door County Gallery

Due to the popularity of the Lawton Gallery’s first exhibition of the year, “Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection,” a selection of the artwork will now be hosted at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor from Nov. 5, 2019 to Feb. 29, 2020. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and it includes refreshments.

The Lawton exhibition was originally organized to raise awareness of the Richter Museum of Natural History, which is located on the first floor of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall.

Poster Artists Explore the Richter Collection
Poster for event

Associate Prof. Daniel Meinhardt (Human Biology and Women’s and Gender Studies), and curator of the Richter Museum, will be giving introductory remarks on the exhibit at 5:45 p.m at the opening reception. In addition, The Open Door Bird Sanctuary will have live raptors from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a program at 6 p.m.