Unified Interior Regions

Wisconsin

Through advanced research and long-term monitoring, three Wisconsin-based USGS centers-the National Wildlife Health Center, the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, and the Upper Midwest Water Science Center-provide the scientific information needed by managers, decision makers, and the public to protect, enhance, and restore ecosystems, water resources, and wildlife health in the Midwest.

National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Health Center
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Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
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Styrene-butadiene rubber collected from bed sediment
July 31, 2017

Styrene-butadiene rubber collected from bed sediment

Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) from automotive tires, artificial turf fields, or playgrounds collected from bed sediment on the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers.

Various types and sizes of plastics collected from the Kinnickinnic River, WI
January 10, 2017

Plastics collected from the Kinnickinnic River, WI

Various types and sizes of plastics collected from the Kinnickinnic River, Milwaukee, WI.

Stream gage equipment at Milwaukee River at Jones Island site
January 5, 2017

Stream gage equipment at Milwaukee River at Jones Island site

Stream gage equipment at Milwaukee River at Jones Island (04087170) site.

Crest stage gage at Root River at Grange Avenue
December 12, 2016

Crest stage gage at Root River at Grange Avenue

Crest stage gage at Root River at Grange Avenue (04087214).

Stream gage electronics inside gage at Root River at Grange Avenue
December 12, 2016

Stream gage electronics inside gage at Root River at Grange Avenue

Stream gage electronics inside gage at Root River at Grange Avenue (04087214).

October 10, 2016

Detecting Invasive Species in the Field: Portable eDNA Screening Tool

The USGS field tested the use of a portable hand-held kit for the detection of the environmental DNA (eDNA) of Asian carps (bighead carp and silver carp) in water samples as part of on-going invasive species detection research. The goals of the USGS-led research are to develop a method and kit that can be used on-site to detect Asian carp eDNA within one hour. Developing

Scientists transferring material collected during microplastic sampling to glass mason jars.
September 20, 2016

Transferring material collected during microplastic sampling to jars

USGS scientists transferring material collected during microplastic sampling to glass mason jars.

Root River at Greenfield showing high flow damage
August 30, 2016

Root River at Greenfield showing high flow damage

Root River at Greenfield showing damage from powerful high flows that are common to many urban streams.

Passive samplers, POCIS and mini-SPMDs deployed in stream
August 23, 2016

Passive samplers, POCIS and mini-SPMDs deployed in stream

Passive samplers (on left: Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Sampler or “POCIS”; on right: mini-Semi-Permeable Membrane Devices or “SPMDs”) attached at depth in a stream for measurement of chemical contaminants.

Passive samplers with multi-parameter water quality probe
August 23, 2016

Passive samplers with multi-parameter water quality probe

Passive samplers (POCIS and mini-SPMDs) deployed in stream for assessment of chemical contaminants in the water; a multi-parameter water-quality probe (on left) measures water temperature, pH, and specific conductance during initial deployment.

Scientist collecting sediment core from Little Menomonee River, WI
August 22, 2016

Scientist collecting sediment core from Little Menomonee River, WI

USGS scientist collecting sediment core from Little Menomonee River, Milwaukee, WI.

Surface water sampling for microplastics in Lake Michigan near Milwaukee, WI.
August 11, 2016

Surface water sampling for microplastics in Lake Michigan

Surface water sampling for microplastics in Lake Michigan near Milwaukee, WI.

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USGS
April 30, 2012

AMBLE along the lake this summer and fall and join a local community that cares about lakeshore conditions and bird health. 

USGS
January 12, 2012

Lake Erie and its largest tributaries are suitable habitats for invasive Asian carps to reproduce and mature, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS science for a changing world logo
September 8, 2011

Loon migratory movements from current and previous studies using satellite transmitters can be followed online at the U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) website.

USGS science for a changing world logo
June 21, 2011

Wisconsin farmers can help protect water quality by timing their field activities to avoid weather and soil conditions that often lead to runoff, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Wisconsin, and other partners.

USGS
December 15, 2010

Madison, Wisconsin—Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research.

USGS
October 29, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI—Sea lamprey control is a “dirty job,” one that TV star Mike Rowe will take on during an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel’s popular program Dirty Jobs.  The segment will first air on November 2, 2010 at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

USGS
September 1, 2010

The use of salt to deice pavement can leave urban streams toxic to aquatic life, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study on the influence of winter runoff in northern U.S. cities, with a special focus on eastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee.

USGS
July 20, 2010

Tagged Birds Will Shed Light on How Avian Botulism is Transmitted — Ten common loons are now sporting satellite transmitters so researchers can study the migratory movements and feeding patterns of these remarkable fish-eating waterbirds as they migrate through the Great Lakes toward their winter homes farther south.

USGS
May 27, 2010

This summer, boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects in Lawrence Lake and Shell Horn area of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River.

USGS science for a changing world logo
June 15, 2009

This summer boaters and anglers may notice a few foreign objects near the main channel of Navigation Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River. A series of floats with biological sampling devices have been set up by river scientists from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.
 

USGS science for a changing world logo
May 26, 2009

Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, a recognized authority on wildlife health issues, will join the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI, as its new director this week. As director, Sleeman will lead scientists and staff who provide wildlife managers with technical assistance, research, and education on wildlife health issues.

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National Wildlife Health Center

National Wildlife Health Center
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Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Science Center Link