Category: natural history

  • Printing Audubon’s The Birds of America

    Posted on Feb 16th

    Please join us at an event sponsored by the Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries: Printing Audubon’s The Birds of America Presentation by Emily […]

  • Special Collections Closed November 23-25, 2022

    Posted on Nov 15th

    November 17, 2021 The Department of Special Collections reading room and exhibit area will be closed November 23-25, 2022. We will resume […]

  • New Exhibit: Plants Plantations Labor Trade

    Posted on Jan 27th

    We welcome you to our new exhibit,  Plants  Plantations  Labor  Trade: An Exhibit of Holdings of the UW-Madison Libraries and Wisconsin Historical Society […]

  • “Pollinators” Exhibit Extended through August 13; More about Bees

    Posted on Aug 12th

    The lovely exhibit Pollinators curated by Carly Sentieri has been extended through August 13 – we encourage you to come see the riches […]

  • The Summer Solstice and the Solar Microscope

    Posted on Jun 21st

    Today, which marks the summer solstice, would be a good day to experiment with what’s called a solar microscope – in fact, […]

  • “Entomology in Sport, and Entomology in Earnest”

    Posted on May 21st

    The calendar says May, which has made us think about maypoles and mayflies, though the weather here has been falling somewhat short […]

  • Mandrake in Dodoens’ New Herbal (1578)

    Posted on Oct 12th

    In honor of this weekend’s symposium “On Human Nature: Machiavelli’s Mandrake at 500,” we offer a look at the account and depiction of the […]

  • “A Boiling, Surging, Roaring Ocean of Fire!”

    Posted on May 20th

    In light of recent news re ports and striking video of an eruption from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, we revisit here […]

  • Charles Lucian Bonaparte’s Wild Turkey

    Posted on Nov 22nd

    Thanksgiving this year is an apt time for us to show off a plate from volume 1 of American ornithology; or, the […]

  • Gallery Talk for Iceland Exhibit, Oct. 30, 3 p.m.

    Posted on Oct 25th

    We hope you will join us on Monday, October 30, at 3 PM in Special Collections for an informal gallery talk about our exhibit “Iceland.” […]

  • Falling Leaves

    Posted on Oct 8th

    Though we enjoyed summer-like weather this October weekend, the leaves are beginning to pile up around Madison, calling attention to differential patterns […]

  • Sea Monk

    Posted on May 15th

    An image of the “sea monk” or “monkish fish” in an announcement for this week’s Great Lakes Great Libraries conference in Madison caught […]