Monthly Archives: January 2015

Building an environmental ethic: A Q&A with new board member Michael Williamson

By Lindsay Renick Mayer The Foundation is thrilled to have Michael Williamson, executive director of the Wisconsin Investment Board, join our board this month. Williamson has served as deputy secretary for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the director of the North Carolina Retirement System and deputy director of the District of Columbia Retirement Board. We recently sat down with the former University of Wisconsin-Madison administrator to talk to him about what he cherishes...

Paul Brandt’s Lower Wisconsin Riverway Fund continues to shape and restore the riverway

By Brooke Hemze This year marks 10 years since former Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Paul Brandt established the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Fund with the Foundation, generating more than $30,000 annually in recent years. Since its creation, the fund has been used to manage and restore the beautiful Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, an area that Brandt was instrumental in creating. Brandt died in 2006. “Paul Brandt was one the most dedicated state employees...

The Ghosts of Quincy Bluff and Wetlands State Natural Area

By Lindsay Renick Mayer Quincy Bluff and Wetlands State Natural Area is haunted by ghosts. That was my impression even before I first visited the 6,600-acre state property earlier this month. The afternoon before my trip, I had spoken to Stan Temple, professor emeritus of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he told me about the gruesome scene that played out at Quincy Bluff in 1871: “That year a major portion of all...

The Breeding Bird Atlas II needs you!

By Diane Packett & Lisa Gaumnitz It may only be January, but over here at the Natural Resources Foundation, we’re already working with our wonderful partners to get ready for this year’s Great Wisconsin Birdathon. If you’re looking to get involved before the Birdathon kickoff in April, consider connecting with one of the Birdathon’s priority projects–the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. The first Atlas, completed in 2005, was a massive five-year effort of more than 1,600 surveyors (mostly volunteers) that documented...

And the winners of the 2nd annual field trip photo contest are…

Thanks to all of our field trip participants who submitted their beautiful images to our second annual field trip photo contest! The submissions capture some of the best moments of the field trip season and show off Wisconsin’s diverse wildlife and wild lands. The winners and runners-up below submitted photos that were particularly captivating, either in their approach to framing the photo’s subject or in helping tell a story about the unique experiences our field...

Foundation crafts new strategy to support State Natural Areas

By Barb Barzen Following a decade of supporting restoration work at many of Wisconsin’s 673 State Natural Areas, the Natural Resources Foundation has worked with DNR staff to re-tool the Foundation’s strategy for nurturing these sites over the coming decade. We want to support the best of the best sites statewide and ensure that donors can invest in sites that are near and dear to them. State Natural Areas contain the highest-quality remnants of Wisconsin’s...