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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R/V Sturgeon leaving dock
August 12, 2014

R/V Sturgeon leaving dock at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL

The R/V Sturgeon setting sail from the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL on its fall survey of Lake Michigan.  The Sturgeon is based in Cheboygan, MI at the Cheboygan Vessel Base.

Photograph of red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in a prairie
July 8, 2014

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in prairie

A red fox (Vulpes vulpes) at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center prairie. 

Iceberg on Lake Superior
June 3, 2014

Iceberg on Lake Superior

An iceberg floating in Lake Superior, June 2014. Photographed from the R/V Kiyi.

June 1, 2014

Time-Lapse of Edge-of-Field Event Near Fort Wayne, IN

Time-lapse photo of a rainfall-induced runoff event at an edge-of-field surface site near Fort Wayne, Indiana, on May 10-11, 2016. Edge-of-field monitoring is used to assess the quantity and quality of agricultural runoff and evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices that aim to reduce nutrient loss. The runoff from an agricultural field is channeled through the

Collecting water samples
December 31, 2013

Collecting water samples

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientist collects water samples on Little Lake Butte des Morts, Wisconsin, for contaminants testing.

Cement-lined channels are slowly being removed in stream rehabilitation efforts
August 9, 2013

Cement-lined channels slowly being removed for stream rehabilitation

Cement-lined channels such as this one in a section of the Kinnickinnic River at 11th Street in Milwaukee are slowly being removed in stream rehabilitation efforts. Water chemistry remains important, and this channel shows abundant algal growth from excess nutrients and abundant sunlight.

Wisconsin CAFO
May 31, 2013

CAFOs in Midwest a source of nitrogen

Many small farms in the Corn Belt state of the Midwest also have confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). These CAFOs can be a source of nitrogen to receiving small streams. The USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA) investigated the water quality of small streams across the Midwest during 2013.

Installing a microsampler in a flooded creek
May 28, 2013

Installing a microsampler for daily collection of pesticides

A USGS hydrologist and hydrologic technician install a microsampler in an urban creek in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The microsampler allows collection of a sample "sip" every 6 hours; the sips are composited into a daily sample. Collection of daily samples revealed the presence of more pesticides and higher concentrations than manual samples collected weekly. See

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Micro-sampler installation in flood
May 28, 2013

Installing a micro water-quality sampler in high water

Micro-samplers are sophisticated instruments that collect small "sips" of water at designated intervals.  Installing one during high water conditions is a tricky business.  The samples, collected every few hours, provide a picture of how rapidly water quality can change over time.  These samples were analyzed for a suite of hundreds of pesticides.  In 2013, the USGS

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pesticide microsampler
May 28, 2013

micro-sampler collects "sips" of water for pesticide time-series

Micro-samplers are sophisticated instruments that collect small "sips" of water at frequent intervals.  The samples, collected every few hours, provide a picture of how rapidly water quality can change over time.  These samples were analyzed for a suite of hundreds of pesticides.  In 2013, the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment (

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March 31, 2013

Water-Level Fluctuations at Sheboygan River Mouth, Sheboygan, WI

A series of time-lapse photographs capture rapid water-level fluctuations in the vicinity of Wildwood Islands in the Sheboygan River, 4.4 km upstream of Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, Wis. The fluctuations are caused the interaction of seiche-related oscillations from Lake Michigan with river flows. 
 

USGs Water towers
December 31, 2012

USGS Water towers

USGS Water towers at Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

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USGS science for a changing world logo
August 5, 2001

North American grassland areas are increasingly fragmented, which may be having an adverse impact on bird populations, according to biologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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August 5, 2001

North American grassland areas are increasingly fragmented, which may be having an adverse impact on bird populations, according to biologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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October 25, 2000

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said today that the West Nile Virus can be transmitted from bird-to-bird in a confined laboratory setting. It had been thought that the virus was only transmitted through mosquito bites.

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September 29, 2000

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Madison, Wisc., confirmed today that West Nile Virus is on the move and is likely to head south.

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November 17, 1999

The virus that can cause West Nile encephalitis in humans is not only found in crows, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis.

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August 20, 1999

Lawns and streets contribute most of the phosphorus being transported from urban residential areas of Madison, Wisconsin, to Lakes Wingra and Mendota, according to a study recently published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Department of the Interior.

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March 29, 1999

The mysterious brain disease responsible for the deaths of bald eagles and American coots in Arkansas has now been found in two species of ducks discovered dead at Woodlake, North Carolina, and in bald eagles and coots from three other southeastern states.

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June 15, 1998

Dr. Robert McLean has been named director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. McLean, who will assume his new duties in late July, will be responsible for overall Center management.

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February 6, 1998

An exotic parasite, never before reported in the United States, is responsible for killing large numbers of waterbirds in Shawano Lake, Wisconsin, last fall. Dr. Rebecca Cole, a parasitologist working at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, announced the finding today.

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October 2, 1997

A single-engine airplane, operated under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will fly over three areas in central Wisconsin and two smaller areas in northern Wisconsin during a two-month period beginning in early October.

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