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.

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.

Watch the International Women’s Day panel at Manitowoc Campus on Facebook

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in honor of International Women’s Day this past Sunday, Associate Prof. Rebecca Abler (Water Science), Associate Prof. Amy Kabrhel (Natural and Applied Sciences), Assistant Prof. Breeyawn Lybbert (Natural and Applied Sciences) and Associate Prof. Megumi Onoda (Mathematics and Statistics) held a panel discussion on Women in STEM. If you couldn’t make it in person, you can watch online now.

Next NAS Seminar is on March 6

There will be a NAS Seminar on the ecology and conservation of mammals in Costa Rica’s Caribbean rainforests on Friday, March 6 in the Environmental Sciences Building, Room 301. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the talk will begin at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar speaker Prof. Andrea Romero from UW-Whitewater will discuss her research on how the human activities of isolating and degrading forests affect mammal communities in Costa Rica’s Caribbean lowlands, and whether these ecosystems are recovering. Prior to the seminar, Romero will also be speaking about bias and inclusivity in the sciences at 2 p.m. in ES 301.

UW-Green Bay Prof. Draney to present ‘Spiders and People’ Lecture March 20 – Door County Pulse

The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA, dcmga.org) will host the free, public program “Spiders and People: An Uneasy Relationship” on March 20, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Also enjoy delicious treats baked by volunteers.  Mike Draney, chair of Natural and Applied Sciences, will explore the impression that spiders have made on human culture, the negative attitudes humans often have about arachnids, and how people can develop a more comfortable relationship with the spiders that share our homes and gardens. Draney has a particular interest in the ecology and taxonomy of sheet web spiders. Source: UW-Green Bay Prof. Draney to present ‘Spiders and People’ Lecture March 20 – Door County Pulse

UW-Green Bay faculty perform at The Blue Opus, Wednesday, Feb. 26

Known best on the Green Bay Campus as science professors, UW-Green Bay’s James Marker (Human Biology) and Michael Draney (Natural and Applied Sciences) are also accomplished musicians, and will be playing with Badgergrass, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at The Blue Opus, Bellevue. “Badgergrass performs folk, bluegrass, country and gospel songs that make America what it is today. The performers are known for their tight harmony and taking an ordinary song and making it fun!”

Save the date: UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus hosts 18th annual ‘Cool Chemistry’ shows, April 30

Manitowoc, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus will be hosting two free Cool Chemistry shows on Thursday, April, 30, 2020 at the Manitowoc Campus University Theatre. The first show will begin at 4:30 p.m. for young scientists ages three to eight years old, followed by one at 6:30 p.m. for kids ages nine and up.

The Cool Chemistry shows feature explosions, color changing solutions, solid foams, dry ice fog, fire and even more explosions! Doors open 45 minutes prior to each show. Only 350 people will be admitted to each show. Each show runs 45-60 minutes. Families are asked to attend only one show. For a chance to be a volunteer participant, pick up a ticket at the door. Also, after each show, attendees will be able to make their own slime!

UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus Prof. Amy Kabrhel leads the show each year, now in its 18th year.

“This will be the 18th year for Cool Chemistry which began in 2003 as only one show with 100 attendees,” Kabrhel said. “It has expanded each year, eventually reaching a point where two shows were required to accommodate everyone that wanted to attend—now about 400 to 450 people each year between the two shows.

She says organizers try and change what night the show is offered so that families with particular obligations can attend every few years. For more information, please contact Amy Kabrhel at kabrhela@uwgb.edu or 920-683-2746.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus has served the lakeshore of eastern Wisconsin for more than 50 years, helping generations of students to start their path toward a bachelor’s degree. Nestled on 40 acres along the breathtaking Lake Michigan shoreline, the Manitowoc Campus offers hands-on instruction from internationally respected professors and a start on more than 200 academic programs within the UW System. Community members enjoy concerts and lectures, attend art and theater performances and cheer for their favorite athletic teams. The campus and community celebrated the opening of a $7-million renovation project in February 2018 featuring state-of-the-art updates to the library, a new science commons and renovations to art studios, science labs and classrooms.


Visitors peer into the large fish tank to see the yellow peach during The Farmory grand opening of the perch fish hatchery in Green Bay.

Photos: The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

The Farmory celebrated its launch of the state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery in Green Bay on Feb. 10, 2020. The nonprofit hatchery is an indoor urban farm that focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture. The startup hatchery launched with assistance from its educational partners at UW-Green Bay. CSET Dean John Katers was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting event. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr. WFRV has a report.

The Farmory Perch Fish Hatchery Opens

– Photos by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Dean Katers will help The Farmory launch state-of-the art fish hatchery at ribbon-cutting, Feb. 10

On Feb. 10, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at 437 S. Jackson St., Green Bay at the NeighborWorks Green Bay offices, the Farmory will host a ribbon cutting celebration to launch a state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery. It is free and open to the public. UW-Green Bay’s Dean John Katers (CSET) will be among those giving remarks. The gathering begins at 3:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 3:45 p.m. and media interviews to follow. The hatchery is a step toward helping revive this one-time staple of the Great Lakes and helping our region become an industry leader in fresh-water aquaculture.

The Farmory is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of its building, which was originally opened as the Allouez Mineral Springs water bottling plant in March of 1920, and later became the Armory, which housed the Army National Guard. After 40 years of vacancy, a group of visionary community leaders gathered financial and in-kind support to bring the concept of an urban farm to reality.

The Farmory is a 501(c)3 nonprofit indoor urban farm with a social mission. The farm focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture and provides the fuel for our programming objectives which provide learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture that build economic self-sufficiency, improve health, well-being and the environment. The hatchery has been launched with assistance from our educational partners at UW-Green Bay. We welcome community members to join us in celebration.



UW-Green Bay faculty and staff toured Manitowoc businesses

On Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, UW-Green Bay faculty and staff from Green Bay and Manitowoc campuses toured the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, Grotogut Family Farm and DTE Biomass plant in Manitowoc to discuss educational partnership opportunities.

The attendees were:

  • Mike Draney, Chair of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Mike Holly, Environmental Engineering
  • John Luczaj, Geoscience and Water Science
  • Patricia Terry, Chair of the School of Engineering
  • Heather Masters, Director of Dietetics Internship Program
  • Tony Werner, Director of Advancement
  • Mike Alexander, Provost
  • John Katers, Dean of CSET
  • Rachele Bakic, Campus Executive Officer, Manitowoc Campus
  • Becky Abler, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Rick Hein, Natural and Applied Sciences