A declining species of bat will be federally protected throughout its range. But the US Fish and Wildlife’s decision to list the northern long-eared bat as threatened, is drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who wanted stronger protections.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the northern long-eared bat as threatened due to the impacts of the deadly white nose syndrome. But the agency withheld the more dire designation of endangered. It’s also exempting activities like forest management from rules that prohibit incidental killing of the bat.
Science on Tap this week is looking at water quality in the Great Lakes.
Director of UW Madison’s Aquatic Sciences Center Jim Hurley says the nature of Great Lakes pollution has changed over the years, now coming from more diffuse sources instead of point ones.
“We might have mercury, that used to be discharged directly from industrial sources, where dilution was the solution. And now we’ve pretty much eliminated most of those, but we find that mercury enters the lake based on rainfall, and from the atmosphere.”
A proposal to disband a board that oversees for-profit higher education is getting some pushback from those in the field.
The Educational Approval Board, or EAB, oversees about 250 Wisconsin institutions. Governor Walker wants to shift its duties into other agencies like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.