Julia Cechvala

After Dan Levitis and his wife had two devastating miscarriages, he wondered how human reproduction, a process with such a high error rate, has persisted. He also wondered whether the high percentage of failures was limited to humans. more

Sep 7, 2017 5:00 AM News


Susan Day/UW–Madison Arboretum

The rusty patched bumble bee was listed as an endangered species earlier this year. One of the places this species is still found though, is right here in Madison. Now a group of volunteers is looking out for it and 11 other bumble bee species. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM News 4 Comments


Heather Kaarakka

​White-nose syndrome makes it much harder for bats to survive winter hibernation. Researchers in Wisconsin are racing to find a way to save them. more

May 19, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

Soon, Madison residents and visitors will be able to go to a library, an art gallery and a museum of science and technology all within one city block. A Little Free Museum, the first of its kind, is set to debut on East Mifflin Street in late June. more

Jun 11, 2015 8:30 AM A & E


Rob’s Sugar River Ramble will raise funds for phosphorus reduction in the Upper Sugar River Watershed with a bike ride in the Driftless, followed by a paddle down the river. more

May 15, 2015 3:15 PM News


Carolyn Fath

The Urban Tree Alliance wants to make sure the entire city benefits from a healthy urban forest, and if you live in one of 14 Madison neighborhoods, its Madison Canopy Project might plant a tree in your yard — for free. more

May 4, 2015 9:33 PM Isthmus Abode

Marsha Rummel became more immersed in the planning for the annual Rhythm & Booms fireworks display after event organizers announced the show was relocating to Lake Monona. During discussions over environmental concerns, the east-side Madison alder found there were some gaps in the oversight of such events. more

Apr 25, 2014 3:02 PM News


Megan Phillips

At Canoecopia last weekend, thousands of paddlers dreamed of the expeditions they'll take when the ice finally thaws on area rivers and lakes. One lesser-known but nearby option is the Upper Sugar River, just west and southwest of Madison. more

Mar 13, 2014 2:00 PM A & E


Tim Kessenich

Underneath the layers of snow lie dormant the roots and seeds of plants native and alien, desirable and noxious, waiting to emerge this spring. In preparation for the thaw, the Friends of Hoyt Park have used the winter to raise funds and prepare prairie seeds, waiting for the real work to begin. They are just one of over a half dozen groups of citizen volunteers across the city taking a stake in the natural areas closest to them. more

Feb 13, 2014 3:00 PM News

Laura Schuch has joined the ranks of the insured, and she couldn't be more thrilled. "I feel like I won the lottery!" says Schuch, 36, who recently purchased a plan on the insurance marketplace created under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. more

Jan 23, 2014 3:00 PM News


Julia Cechvala

It looks like concerns over the environmental impacts of Rhythm & Booms will follow the fireworks show from its original location in Warner Park to downtown Madison. At a special meeting Thursday of Madison's Committee on the Environment, citizens and elected officials expressed skepticism that shooting off fireworks over Lake Monona would be safe for the lake and its ecosystems. more

Sep 27, 2013 6:29 PM News

Despite celebrating 30 years in business this year, Knowledge Unlimited Inc. remains relatively unknown in the community. Those concerned with closing the achievement gap in Madison's schools, however, may want to take note. This award-winning educational-materials producer, based in Middleton, is unique in emphasizing multiculturalism throughout its lines of educational posters, DVDs and children's books. more

Sep 5, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Parents


Julia Cechvala

Rhythm & Booms will move out of Warner Park for 2014. The annual fireworks show will return to the Saturday before the July 4 holiday and shift to John Nolen Drive, with the fireworks set off from barges in Lake Monona, Madison Festivals Inc. announced at a press conference Wednesday at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. more

Jul 18, 2013 8:25 PM News


Jim Escalante

Last Friday a new art gallery opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monroe Street. The building's sleek black lines and glass windows blend in with the surrounding architecture, and its first exhibit is attracting plenty of foot traffic. Pretty good for a gallery with less than three square feet of space. more

Jul 16, 2013 8:45 PM A & E


Wild Warner

On Wednesday, July 3, couples, families and friends will again gather at Warner Park to watch Madison's annual fireworks show, Rhythm & Booms. It's an Independence Day tradition as American as apple pie and baseball " except that many of the fireworks are made in China, but we won't go there. more

Jun 27, 2013 2:00 PM News 1 Comments

A disease that has caused devastating mortality in bats is now poised to make its way into the state. "The most recent unnerving news is that in LaSalle County, in northeast Illinois, they found white-nose syndrome in a mine," says Paul White, conser more

May 30, 2013 2:00 PM News


Rhythm & Booms

The city of Madison's Committee on the Environment amended this year's contract with the organizers of Rhythm & Booms to move the fireworks display out of the Warner Park wetlands and into the parking lot. The pleas of the local advocacy group Wild Warner on behalf of the wildlife of Warner Park, complete with bird calls and bagged displays of firework debris, prevailed on the committee Monday to take measures to protect the wetlands. more

Apr 16, 2013 4:28 PM News


Timothy Hughes

There's a word for the fortuitous finds that delight would-be remodelers shopping at Madison's two Habitat ReStores. It describes the moment they discover "just enough" flooring to cover their kitchen, or the amazing light fixture they didn't know they needed. It's a word that both homeowner Cathy Swanson-Hayes and artist Richard Jones used when describing the process of unearthing their Habitat ReStore treasures: serendipity. more

Apr 4, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Abode