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Schoolyard ecology at North Temperate Lakes LTER: Dragonfly Species Presence at Stormwater Retention Ponds in July of 2014

Abstract
This study aims to integrate scientific observations with community involvement, specifically with dragonfly species. The presence and absence of 17 dragonfly species was observed at Stormwater Retention ponds in the Madison area in July of 2014 and made into frequency distributions. This research will continue with community outreach in the area to further involve and educate the community on the biodiversity of their local ponds.
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Dragonfly species presence data was collected by walking the perimeter of each pond in all but one. In Northern Lights Road I, data was collected by way of a 10-minute point count. The data was placed on a spreadsheet and frequency distributions were made for the Number of Species by Date and by Pond. They were also divided up into the individual species observed on each date including all four ponds.
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Commitment and Eligibility for the Artist in Residence Program

The selected artist will be invited to stay at the station for 7-14 days.  No stipend or travel allowance will be paid, however lodging on station will be provided at no cost in a furnished cabin with its own kitchen and bath.  Depending on space demands, the artist may share cabin living space with other station users, but the artist will have his/her own bedroom. All facilities have wireless Internet access.  Residents should bring a laptop if they so desire, along with cell phone.  Artists need to provide their own transportation and food for the duration of their stay.  A canoe may be made available for their use, and it may be possible to accompany researchers into the field. Personal field equipment should be brought, however it may be possible to use station equipment such as hip boots, waders, life jackets, etc. as appropriate. 

Artists working in 2 and 3 dimensional media, musicians, performance artists and creative writers are encouraged to apply.  All work must be original, no commercial molds, patterns, kits or laser prints will be accepted.  The residency jury will select artists based on quality of work, their resume and the application and a brief statement of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goals

Terry Daulton and her pastels at Trout Lake Station

The goal of the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station artist in residence program is to create collaborative art/humanities and science projects focusing on the long-term ecology of lakes and their surrounding landscapes in Vilas County, Wisconsin. The Trout Lake Station is a field site of the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project which is part of a national network studying long term ecological change.  The residency is designed for visual artists, writers and musicians who have specific interests in exploring the relationship between people, northern lakes and landscapes, and the long-term scientific investigations of the LTER project.  One residency per year is offered. For the purposes of this application the term “artist” will be used for residencies in both arts and humanities.

The Collaboration

light on Allequash

The residency is intended to provide concentrated time for personal creative work that furthers exploration and understanding of scientific research at the Trout Lake Station as well as more philosophical reflections on the relationships between humans and the natural world.  The resident artist will have the opportunity to interact with lead researchers and students who work at the Trout Lake Station during the summer season. 

  • The artist in residence will have the opportunity to visit the study lakes and record their artistic impressions (journals, illustrated journals, writings, video, etc). 
  • The artist will create at least one art piece (visual, writings, film, etc.) that can be exhibited at the Trout Lake Station during the summer open house or a similar venue.  The work would also be included in the on-line gallery, Drawing Water, which is part of the Center for Limnology website and potentially shared on the larger Ecological Reflections national network website

 

 

  • The artist in residence will have the opportunity to visit the study lakes and record their artistic impressions (journals, illustrated journals, writings, video, etc). 
  • The artist will create at least one art piece (visual, writings, film, etc.) that can be exhibited at the Trout Lake Station during the summer open house or a similar venue.  The work would also be included in the on-line gallery, Drawing Water, which is part of the Center for Limnology website and potentially shared on the larger Ecological Reflections national network website

 

 

  • The artist is strongly encouraged to participate in the open house (scheduled for July 29, 2016) through a visual display, written work or personal presentation. If the residency is during shoulder season and the artist can not attend the open house, he/she may be asked to share perspectives or a selection of work for display at the open house as is practicable.
  • The artist will seek to work with at least one of the scientists on site to collaborate. The work produced by the artist will be available for use on the web site or other education venues such as wayside signage or publications.
  • The artist will be invited to participate in periodic larger exhibitions should opportunities arise. 
  • If during the summer the artist will have the opportunity to make a presentation at the weekly all-station seminar. If shoulder seasons are selected, he/she will provide brief commentary and selections of work in digital form for use by staff at future summer seminars.
  • The artist will participate in a closing conversation with a staff member of Trout Lake Station to help refine and improve the program.

 

Partner Organizations

UW- Madison, UW – Trout Lake Research Station

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest

Overview of the 'Artist in Residence' program

The North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program studies the ecology of lakes as one of a network of sites established by the National Science Foundation to support research on long-term ecological phenomena. We are interested in how biophysical setting, climate, and changing land use and cover interact to shape lake characteristics and dynamics over time (past, present, future). Our primary study sites include a set of seven northern Wisconsin and four southern Wisconsin lakes and their surrounding landscapes. The project, which started in 1981, is administered by the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. See other parts of this website for more information.

The National Science Foundation provided the Trout Lake Station with seed funding to initiate an arts and science collaboration titled LTEArts.  This effort created three travelling art/science exhibits and the web site Drawing Water.   The goals of this work are to:

  • create new ways to share research and information with the public,
  • create a long term record of arts and humanities responses to the lake landscapes in our region
  • foster deeper collaborations between scientists and artists

The project will engage arts and humanities with LTER studies of future scenarios and landscape change.  We hope to increase public understanding of lake ecology, highlight research results from our LTER lake studies, and encourage people to take an active role in defining and influencing the future of our lakes. We also hope that the collaborations will foster increased creativity and build lasting bridges between the arts, humanities and sciences.

University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station ‘Artist in Residence’

The goal of the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station artist in residency program is to create collaborative art/humanities and science projects focusing on the long-term ecology of lakes and their surrounding landscapes in Vilas County, Wisconsin. The Trout Lake Station is a field site of the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project which is part of a national network studying long term ecological change.  The residency is designed for visual artists, writers and musicians who have specific interests in exploring the relationship between people, northern lakes and landscapes, and the long-term scientific investigations of the LTER project.  One residency per year is offered. For the purposes of this application the term “artist” will be used for residencies in both arts and humanities.

Willow Creek Community Project

The Willow Creek Community Project is a community-wide program that engages students of all ages in caring for, monitoring, and protecting Willow Creek. The long-term goal is to publicize the history of this great place and inspire students to take responsibility for the protection of an urban stream that is such an integral part of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and the ecological dynamics of Lake Mendota.

Volunteer

Help monitor lake water levels

low lake level exposed shore

Did you recently see a lake looking like this? The water level having dropped so low that a lot of shoreline was exposed?

Lake levels change due to drought and precipitation, however, these linkages are not that simple. Hence, it is important to monitor lake lavels if we want to understand all the contributing factors. Or if we want to find out which lakes in Wisconsin may dry up given certain conditions in the future.

 

See Wisconsin lake level status in (almost) real time

 

Here is how you can help:

The North Temperate Lake Long-Term Ecological Research project has placed these lake gauges in the Trout Lake area north of Minoqua, WI. Specifically, they are in Allequash Lake, Big Muskellunge Lake, Crystal Lake, Escanaba Lake, Nebish Lake, Pallette Lake, and Sparkling Lake.

 

Each gauge has a sign like this on the right. There is a phone number and a gauge number. You can text the gauge number and the gauge height to that phone number:

If you would like to install a gauge and monitor your own lake, please consider contributing to our effort and contact us at webmaster@lter.limnology.wisc.edu

 

Lake Information System

Welcome to the Lake Information System at NTL LTER

 

 

 

 

 

The North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research Site has been collecting data for over 30 years on 11 lakes in Wisconsin.

Click on a lake to see real time and historic data.

Wisconsin lake water levels icon Wisconsin's lake levels
Social water icon Participate in the data collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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