Winter 2020 Lectures

Using Fire to Manage Habitat

black and white panoramic photo of prescribed fire
Tending Firebreak, © Jill Metcoff

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Artist reception: 6:15 p.m.
Lecture: 7 p.m.
Book signing: 8 p.m.

Mike Mossman, wildlife ecologist, and Michael Hansen, Arboretum land care manager, will talk about the use of prescribed fire in woodlands, savannas, and prairies, and the effect on wildlife. Mossman will focus on his studies of Wisconsin breeding birds, especially in the Baraboo Hills and the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. Hansen will talk about the history and practice of Arboretum fire management.

Photographer Jill Metcoff will talk about photographing fire and be present to sign her book Firelines in conjunction with the exhibition “Firelines: Humans and Habitat Renewal.” This exhibition presents black-and-white photography by Metcoff of prescribed burns in southern Wisconsin and will be on view in the Steinhauer Trust Art Gallery in March and April. It was designed and curated by Heather Sonntag.

Winter Enrichment Lectures

The Arboretum’s long-running Winter Enrichment series offers lectures for naturalists in the greater Madison area as well as for volunteers, friends, and interested public. The ten-week series runs January to March. See the Winter Enrichment page for more information.