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WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

Police partner with organization to host free concerts at Olin Park

Friends of Olin-Turville Park and the Madison Police Department South District are partnering once again for an annual free concert series at Olin Park, according to a release.

A number of years ago, members of the South District Community Policing Team reached out to residents in the Baycreek Neighborhood to try and eliminate the Olin-Turville conservancy of open displays of sexual behavior, officials said. The frequency that type of behavior happens and the reputation of the conservancy has significantly improved over time.

The Madison Parks Department also got federal grant dollars and reinvested other funds to help rid the area of invasive species and replant grasses and other trees that are native to the area, according to the release.

Every May, FOOT now organizes a free concert series to show off what a beautiful location the 60-plus acre Olin-Turville conservancy is, organizers said.

Emerald ash borer found near Warner Park

Emerald ash borer found near Warner Park

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City officials confirmed Tuesday the emerald ash borer, a bug that destroys ash trees, has been found in Madison.

Dane County will now be under quarantine, meaning residents can't take ash wood products or firewood out of the county.

City of Madison officials said they plan to ramp up the sampling of ash trees and begin removing thousands of trees throughout the city this winter. That includes trees that are in poor condition, those under power lines and those under 10 inches in diameter.

News 3 was with a city crew in Berkley Park Tuesday morning where they found ash borer larvae in trees they were sampling in the park.

Volunteers join city staff in inventory of city's natural spaces

Volunteers join city staff in inventory of city's natural spaces

In an effort to manage and maintain the undeveloped land areas of the Madison park system, the city’s Parks and Engineering divisions recently initiated a citywide inventory.

Simon Widstrand, a retired conservation supervisor and planner for the City of Madison Parks Division, is working with other volunteers and city staff to inventory Madison's 4,000 acres of natural land to apply standard maintenance practices and prevent these areas from deteriorating or being overrun by invasive species.

"Most people embrace a land ethic that requires us to care for our land," Widstrand said. "To leave something for future generations, and to protect our investment, we should provide good stewardship of our natural lands. The inventory is the first step of developing a  plan for the city and volunteers to manage and restore more city natural areas."

Advisories on eating fish from local lakes may not be reaching all

Advisories on eating fish from local lakes may not be reaching all

Fish from Madison’s lakes contain contaminants that can pose adverse health effects to people who consume them. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued recommendations suggesting that people limit their consumption of fish caught in the lakes.

Yet those advisories may not be reaching everyone, especially low-income people and minority groups, who are more likely to eat fish from the city’s lakes. Moreover, programs to spread the word about the hazards have been limited or cut in response to limited resources.

“Given the hard economic times, I suspect more people than ever are fishing for food -- predominantly lower income and minority (people),” said Maria C. Powell, an environmental scientist and president of the advocacy group, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization. A recent rise in consumption may be leading to disparities in contaminant exposure, which can have long-term health consequences.

Invasive beetle poses threat to Madison's ash trees

Invasive beetle poses threat to Madison's ash trees

An invasive beetle, which may be present in Dane County, could destroy almost a quarter of the trees that border city streets, according to city and state experts, but residents can slow down its spread by not transporting firewood.

After discovering a number of adult emerald ash borers in Mirror State Park, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection placed Sauk County under temporary quarantine for the beetle on July 15, pending federal approval, according to a statement. The quarantine prohibits wood products, such as firewood, from being moved out of the county to other areas of the state that do not have an infestation.

Famous beer-promoting horses hit Monona streets

Famous beer-promoting horses hit Monona streets

Monona police said Wednesday afternoon the famous Budweiser Clydesdales made a trip through town to deliver a case of beer to a Monona resident.

Mike Darcey snapped these photos of the horses getting prepped with their hitch team and red wagon for the trip from Monona Drive to Panther trail.

Police said the trip was courtesy of Wisconsin Distributors. A Monona man had been chosen through a drawing to receive a case of beer delivered by Budweiser's famous horses.

The team of eight Clydesdales and a red sleigh were unloaded from semis and assembled in the parking lot at Licali’s Market & Spirits on Monona Drive, police said.

Dan O’Brien, assistant manager at Licali's, said at its height, the crowd numbered about 300 and people were excited to see the well-groomed beer ambassadors.

"They were beautiful," O'Brien said. "They had ribbons and their tied and their tails were all tied up nice."