Monthly Archives: March 2015

Protecting Wisconsin’s Rare Plants for the Future

By Cait Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Dr. James P. Bennett, a retired research botanist with the United States Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Botany, has spent his life studying and protecting rare plants. His research has focused on the impact of air pollution on plants, specifically on lichens and State Natural Areas in Wisconsin. “Wisconsin is losing plant species as part of the global biodiversity crisis,” said Bennett, who...

You have field trip questions. Our field trip coordinator extraordinaire has answers.

Christine Tanzer has been coordinating the Foundation’s field trip program for 17 years. Under her leadership, the program has expanded from 30 trips to 151 this year. Christine pored through her e-mails from field trip participants like you to develop this list of great questions—and helpful answers. Dear Christine: My favorite trips seem to sell out so quickly. Can’t you just offer more sessions? We know that several great trips can fill within minutes; it’s...

Natural Resources Foundation funds internship opportunities at International Crane Foundation

By Brooke Hemze, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin The Natural Resources Foundation’s grant in 2014 to the International Crane Foundation (ICF) funded internships important for crane conservation. These unique opportunities provided field experience for future conservationists, and helped ICF with fieldwork projects. “We place a heavy emphasis on building [interns’] capacity to be conservation professionals,” says Anne Lacy, research coordinator at ICF. “This experience ranges from the obvious field component, to conducting their own independent...

Serenity in the Northwoods

By Lindsay Renick Mayer, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin There is a moment early in my hike with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources North-Central Field Ecologist Carly Lapin through Squirrel River Pines State Natural Area that we transcend into the sublime. We have paused so that Carly can show me—a total flora neophyte—how to tell a white pine from a red pine, when the wind picks up and catches in the trees’ needles. For that...