The deer population is exploding and the number of hunters keeps going down. Heroic efforts by the DNR and various hunting and fishing groups to recruit non-traditional groups have met with limited success. Read more

Citizen Dave 4 Comments

Are you with the bark up or bark down crowd? Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments


Todd Hubler

Deer are thriving in Wisconsin more than ever before. And that’s a big problem, causing ecological destruction, property damage and car accidents. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

It might seem like a miracle today, but 30 years ago Democrats and Republicans came together to protect the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Will politics ever again work so well? Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 5 Comments

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Arlene Koziol

The monarch butterfly population has plunged to alarming levels in recent years. But this year, the iconic butterflies are seemingly everywhere. Read more


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Wisconsin DNR

A disease is killing off Wisconsin’s snakes, alarming scientists who say they are an essential part of the fabric of Wisconsin ecosystems, controlling pests and keeping human diseases like Lyme in check. Read more



Mary Kay Baum

The proposed Driftless Trail would connect Blue Mound, Tower Hill and Governor Dodge state parks, the cliffs and gorges of the Ridgeway Pine Relict State Natural Area and the trout streams of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

Will a new pilot program end Madison’s annual geese slaughter? The Alliance for Animals and new parks volunteers hope so. Read more



Bev Mazur

It’s time for the 14th annual Madison Reads Leopold event at the UW Arboretum. Read more

Citizen Dave

Environmentalists and animal rights activists are trying to draw attention to coyote-killing contests, including one being held this weekend in Sauk City. Read more

News 28 Comments

Artist Katherine Steichen Rosing captures the cryptic beauty of the life-and-death cycle of ash trees in “Emeralds to Ashes,” an exhibit at Madison College. Read more

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Victoria Davis

Most people think of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve as a park, but it’s actually a world-class research facility. UW-Madison students have been studying how humans (and their dogs) and wildlife interact here. Read more



Jay Watson

Bees and butterflies are facing an uphill battle in their search for nectar. The good news is there’s still time to help pollinators in the garden. Read more

Emphasis 2 Comments


Linda Falkenstein

The bookstore at the UW Arboretum will set you up with hyperlocal guidebooks and classics of U.S. environmental literature. You might also leave with a set of scat identification cards. Read more


Letters and comments from the April 12, 2018 issue Read more



Cyndy Patrick

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to study and celebrate our state resources. But the most important qualities may be a sense of curiosity — and wonder. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


Heidi Habeger

Lake View established its outdoor classroom in 2011. The idea is to get both students and their family members thinking about becoming stewards of the land while also giving kids a “brain break” during the school day. Read more


“Zoethica,” is a beautiful scavenger hunt created by UW-Madison interdisciplinary artist-in-residence Peter Krsko and students in a spring semester course. The outdoor exhibit of “bio-inspired” art runs through August 6 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Read more

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Judith Davidoff

Residents upset about the loss of canopy trees joined with city officials who have been responsible for cutting some of them down, in a tree planting event. This is a hopeful tale about problem-solving, cooperation and understanding. Read more


The city purchased land in the High Point-Raymond neighborhood and constructed a multi-purpose path connecting the Jeffy Trail dead-end to the Ice Age Junction Path. Now the city is intent on destroying that public space over neighborhood opposition. Read more

Opinion 2 Comments