The Lower Wisconsin Riverway stretches 92 miles from the Prairie du Sac Dam to its confluence with the Mississippi River. A vital, wild recreational and educational resource, it also harbors important cultural sites and is one of the nation’s most significant riverine systems. Most critical are its wide variety of wetland, riverine, and upland plant-animal communities, which are joined by intact natural ecotones into a large and functioning ecosystem. Take a virtual tour of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway with ecologist Mike Mossman, who will share the important ecological and cultural features of the riverway and how they warranted designation as a Wetland of International Importance. Mike will also discuss some of the threats facing the river and will certainly share some of his river stories.

Michael Mossman, ecologist

Recorded September 11, 2020.

Michael Mossman is a retired WDNR ecologist who has worked on and enjoyed the Lower Wisconsin River for decades, contributing to its Important Bird Area status and to its WDNR master plan. He received a “River Champion” award from the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. He and his collaborators Mark Cupp and Jean Unmuth helped to nominate the riverway for designation as a Ramsar site.

Wetland Coffee Break: Old lineage, new threats: The Ouachita map turtles of the Lower Wisconsin River

Learn about some of the modern-day challenges to turtle nest survival, focusing on the map turtles, and a new frontier in turtle biology.