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Apostle Islands Stewardship Symposium

…Research and Resource Management at Apostle Islands NL Julie Van Stappen, Apostle Islands NL Fifty Years of Cultural Resource Research at Apostle Islands Dave Cooper, Apostle Islands NL Human Presence on the Landscape: 50 Years of Archeology at the Apostle Islands Dawn Bringelson, Midwest Archeological Center Traditional Ecological Knowledge Dylan…

Black bear on a trail cam

The Hidden Lives of Island Carnivores

Insights into Island Biogeography

…rodents, squirrels, songbirds and waterfowl. “This is one of the first studies to examine the carnivore community of the Apostle Islands archipelago,” said Erik Olson, associate professor of natural resources, who led the new research with Van Deelen at the University of Wisconsin, Julie Van Stappen of the Apostle Islands

Professor Sarah Johnson holds measuring tape at Stockton Island

Monitoring Vegetation in the Apostle Islands

Student-Faculty Research

…says she stared at the Apostle Islands on a computer for a semester before actually stepping foot on one. “I think it is incredible that Northland allows me to get graduate-level experience as an undergrad,” Leonard said. “I never thought that I would be studying plants on the Apostle Islands

Pine marten

WPR: Scientists Seek To Solve Marten Mystery On The Apostle Islands

Erik Olson, associate professor of natural resources

…agencies, to solve that mystery on the Apostle Islands. Olson and his students have been maintaining camera traps and collecting scat in the park to see how far the martens’ reach extends. So far, they’ve found martens on at least seven of the 21 islands within the Apostle Islands National…

Northland College student looking through magnifying glass

Apostle Islands Detectives

Do natural occurring fires help or hurt vegetation in the Apostle Islands?

…the islands for years; Martin, assistant professor of natural resources, specializes in forestry. The answer to the park’s question is one piece of the puzzle needed for creating natural resource management policy in the Apostle Islands for co-managing fire, sensitive species, and wildlife. Canada yew, an evergreen shrub, is uniquely…

Pine marten

Carnivore Project Reveals Return of the Marten on Apostle Islands

An Apostle Islands collaborative carnivore diversity and abundance project between the National Park Service, Northland College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison led to an unexpected surprise: the discovery of American marten on Stockton Island. The American marten is on Wisconsin’s endangered species list and not been sighted in the islands

Deer exclosure-Bayfield County

Wisconsin’s Disappearing Forest

Prof Sarah Johnson researches the botanical realities of deer browse

…yew in the Apostle Islands, comparing it to baseline data collected in the 1990s. Her surveys show a dramatic decline on islands that have recently had deer. “In short, Canada yew and deer are not compatible,” she says. Not only is there a rate of decline but the plant does…

Great lakes Initiative Madeline Island Ferry Dock

Great Lakes Islands Summit, Madeline Island Fellowship Project

…Madeline Island’s fellow. In fall of 2018, Madeline Island will host the Great Lakes Islands Initiative Summit, a gathering for leaders from Great Lakes islands. The Steering Committee needs to shift their focus to planning for this event. The steering committee will be planning community listening sessions in 2018 to…

Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race

Racing Dogs for Internship

…each raced a team at the twenty-second annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, north of Bayfield, the weekend of February 4-5. “This is the best internship ever,” Hermus said, as he readied the teams for the race by placing orange booties on Hudachek’s Alaskan huskies’ feet then harnessing and hooking…

Kids at Stockton

Better than Xbox: the Apostle Island School

Sixty middle school students participated last summer in the Northland College Apostle Island School, held on Stockton Island. The twenty-eight-year-old outdoor and environmental residential program is a partnership between the Northland College Outdoor Education Department and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with participating middle school teachers and parent volunteers. The…