Good morning Madison!

And a special good morning to the family of ducks who found themselves in a predicament at the library yesterday.

The group of quackers ended up stuck on Central Library's green roof. Thankfully, quick thinking from one library administrator led to the safe rescue of the birds by animal control.

The ducks are now safely back in the wild. We love a story with a happy ending.

— Hayley


🩺 A new diagnosis has lead Rebecca Blank to step down as Northwestern's president.

🦠 Covid-19 hospitalizations are creeping up.

  • Wisconsin is experiencing an uptick in Covid-19 hospitalizations and transmission.
  • Locally, the community level of Covid-19 in Dane County remains at medium, meaning there are fewer than 200 new cases per 100,000 people
  • The latest: A new and highly contagious omicron subvariant, BA.5, is driving a new wave of cases.
  • While vaccines remain one of the strongest forms of protection against the virus, some data suggests that the first booster shot's effectiveness drops after a few months. Currently, folks 50 and older, as well as people 12 and older who are immunocompromised, are eligible for a second booster.

🖼️ Camp Createability is asking for help.

🏹 You can now apply for an archery hunting permit.

🍷 Check out these area restaurants for the wine.

Jones' drawing is titled "Wellness through the mirrors." In their artist's description, he wrote, "I care for myself by simply being myself. I enjoy nature and family. I feel wellness through my favorite foods and bubble baths. I feel my best with my sister and loved through my animals. Wellness is within me and looking back through my own reflection."

🎨 A winning doodle.

  • A Verona high schooler's art was chosen from thousands of entries as one of 54 state and territory winners in the Doodle for Google competition. Now, Michael Jones is waiting to see if his drawing will advance further.
  • The competition allows students in kindergarten through 12th grade to create their own version of the Google logo inspired by a prompt. This year's prompt was “I care for myself by …” The State Journal reports the national finalists will be announced in July, and one winning artist’s work will be featured on the Google homepage for a day.
  • You can cast your vote for your favorite doodles here.

🦙 Your lunchtime read: Go alpaca go! UW alum joins with Peruvian artisans to make Badger wear.

  • Via Cap Times: "Growing up in the Chicago suburbs and attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Katie Lorenz has spent much of her life in sweater weather.

    The only problem: She hated sweaters.

    'I think they're itchy. I run really warm. They're heavy. They don't feel good,' Lorenz said.

    But when she spent a month in Peru in 2014, a couple years after graduation, a friend insisted she try on one of the country’s signature crafts: an alpaca sweater."
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📅 Events: Tuesday, July 12

Presentation: "Cats, Dogs and Cows, Oh My! Climate change and the impacts on pets and livestock.”
12 p.m. | Virtual | Free

There has been plenty of buzz about the contribution of livestock production to climate change – but what about the impact of the climate on the animals?

Lunch Time Live: Venus In Furs
12 p.m. | Capitol Lawn, South Hamilton Street Side | Free.

Up, Up and Away — Family Science Show
3 p.m. | Virtual | Free
Mad Science Milwaukee and DreamBank present a virtual show that explores the marvels of air and pressure. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Jane: An Abortion Service (2013)
6:30 p.m. | Madison Public Library - Central | Free.

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