White-tailed deer are bad for wildflowers & sugar maples and research shows how wolves are keeping them in check

With the resurgence of wolves in the region, smart deer are learning to keep away from areas with many of the predators, meaning that wildflowers and young maples there have a better chance of survival, according to a recent study by scientists from the University of Notre Dame and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. … Continue reading White-tailed deer are bad for wildflowers & sugar maples and research shows how wolves are keeping them in check

Pioneer of Trophic Cascade Robert T. Paine an American ecologist…

The short film “Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Trophic Cascades and Keystone Species” opens by asking two fundamental questions in ecology: “What determines how many species live in a given place? Or how large can each population grow?” The film then describes the pioneering experiments by Robert Paine and James Estes, in the … Continue reading Pioneer of Trophic Cascade Robert T. Paine an American ecologist…

Gray wolves in northern Wisconsin are saving the forest 

The Research,  The work took place at Notre Dame’s Environmental Research Center that straddles the border between Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula and Northeast Wisconsin. The site has forest, bogs and swamps, with red and sugar maples as the dominant hardwoods — a preferred food for deer. Of wolves, deer, maples and wildflowers by Eric Freedman first … Continue reading Gray wolves in northern Wisconsin are saving the forest