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Science on Tap returns to Minocqua Brewing Company Oct. 2 with a talk on conservation

Dean BortzIf you like science and a good beer, then do I ever have something for you. It’s called Science on Tap and it takes place just about every first Wednesday of the month at the Minocqua Brewing Company in, well, Minocqua.

The event is sponsored by UW-Madison’s Trout Lake Station, of Boulder Junction, the Kemp Natural Resources Station, of Woodruff, the Wisconsin Alumni Association–Lakeland Badger Chapter, and the Minocqua Public Library. The Trout Lake Station and Kemp Station supply the scientists and the topic, the Minocqua Brewing Company supplies – hey, you guessed it – the beer.

The next Science on Tap comes up Wednesday, Oct. 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. The sessions have been well attended, so you might want to get there early to get a seat. The main presentation takes place upstairs, but monitors and audio are also available in the downstairs bar if they run out of room upstairs.

This month’s topic is “Innovations in Conservation: Surprising Opportunities to Conserve Wildlife and Landscapes While Maintaining Viable Livelihoods.” The speaker is Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute on the UW-Madison campus. Susan Knight of the Trout Lake station says Robbins is an entertaining speaker who has studied human interactions with nature and the politics of natural-resource management.

When Robbins talks about conservation, he isn’t talking about removing people from the landscape, fencing off parks and protecting wild spaces. He will talk about ways to conserve landscapes while maintaining livelihoods.

Those who can’t make it to the brewery on Oct. 2 may watch the presentation because it will be live-streamed at www.scienceontapminocqua.org and at the Minocqua Public Library.

The Nov. 6 Science on Tap will be, “The Science Behind Deer Management,” and will be presented by Don Waller, professor of botany at UW-Madison, and Tim Van Deelan, professor in the department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology in a discussion about deer.

If you’re up in the Minocqua area hunting or fishing this fall during the first week of any month, take a look at the Science on Tap schedule and enjoy the presentation and maybe a pint of Minocqua Pale Ale.

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