The Mysterious Mummy of Spirit Cave
by Leilani McNeal, age 14, and Michelle Chi, age 17
About 11,000 years ago, a man died in what is now Nevada. The body was placed in a blanket and buried at a place called Spirit Cave.
Recent research and scientific discoveries, including new research at Spirit Cave, are changing what we know about prehistory.
This research lends astonishing new detail to the story of human migration and when humans spread across the Western Hemisphere. Using DNA analysis, scientists have examined remains of ancient people uncovered at sites throughout the Americas.[read more]
Dane County Parks to Hold Conservation Meeting
by Leila Fletcher, age 16
On October 10, 2018, a public information meeting will be held by the Dane County Parks staff concerning the vegetation management of one of our many County Parks, Prairie Moraine County Park. The meeting will be open to the public and interested residents are encouraged to attend.
Dane County Parks are renowned in the country for preserving the abundant natural resources in our county. They also provide a multitude of opportunities for families, nature-lovers, and even pets; they are the first park system to create “off-leash pet exercise areas” in the United States.[read more]
Cleaning Our Streets Can Protect Our Lakes
by Josepha Da Costa, age 13; Felicia Zheng, age 14
As summer comes to an end and days of water fun are over, it’s easy to forget about our lakes. A leaf management study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) suggests that fall is a crucial time of the year to take action. [read more]
Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Proposes Changes to State’s Open Government Rules
by Sarah Useche and Shreya Shrestha
The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is suggesting several new requirements that the group says will strengthen Wisconsin’s open government rules, allow government bodies to operate with more transparency, and provide the public with better access to important information.[read more]
Watch out Wisconsin: The Walleye is Making a Comeback!
by Leilani McNeal, age 13
Wisconsin is known for many things including dairy and fishing. Walleye is a favorite fish of tourists to Wisconsin, but unfortunately these sought-after fish are currently at risk.
For 15 to 20 years now, fishermen in Wisconsin have expressed concern about the walleye fish populations, which has been decreasing due to low survival rate and poor hatches. Walleye are usually found in Lake Winnebago, Green Bay, the Wisconsin River, and the Turtle-Flambeau flowage, but the Department of Natural Resources is planning to repopulate walleye all over Wisconsin.[read more]