A new forum to facilitate discussion about Wisconsin's environment called "Science on tap" has started at the Minocqua Brewing Company, 238 Lakeshore Drive, Minocqua.
"It is really exciting. There's a lot of interested folks, they're asking really good questions," Steve Carpenter told Newsline 9.
Carpenter is director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That's a research center studying inland freshwater lakes. A field of study with ample subjects in the Wisconsin Northwoods.
Carpenter was the most recent speaker at the "Science on tap" panel alongside researcher Gretchen Hansen.
Put on in part by the Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff, the panel forum is designed to connect people with expects on ecological issues, in an informal and comfortable setting.
"It's fun to be in a Brew-Pub and have the casual atmosphere and talk about what we're doing with research and why it matters," Hansen said.
At the April 3 panel, the duo lead an hour-long interactive presentation highlighting issues of potential problem for the Northwoods ecology, current concerns for area fisheries and answered questions of area residents.
"There's a lot of unknown changes that are coming down the pipe for Wisconsin fisheries," Hansen remarked.
"Things are changing up here," Carpenter added. "The climate is changing, we have different kinds of invasive species that come in, the habitats are changing," he said.
And as residents of Northern Wisconsin take notice of the environmental issues they face, it's a topic getting them talking. And thanks to the efforts of the forum, a method of getting answers and advice from ecological experts.
The next "Science on tap" is scheduled for May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Minocqua Brewing Company. The presentation is titled "Protecting Loons For Future Generations." It will feature Mike Meyer, a research scientist from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Admission to the panel forum is free. The event is web streamed live at http://www.scienceontapminocqua.org/.
Previously streamed "Science on tap" discussions are also available online at http://www.scienceontapminocqua.org/past-events.html.