Monthly Archives: May 2015

Banding Kirtland’s warblers with USFWS and Wisconsin DNR

We spent a beautiful day in Adams County with USFWS and the Wisconsin DNR banding five adult male Kirtlands warblers. These warblers are a federally listed endangered species and quite beloved in #Wisconsin. We captured the action live on Twitter with #KirtlandsWI: [<a href=”//storify.com/WisConservation/kirtlandswi” target=”_blank”>View the story “#KirtlandsWI” on Storify</a>]...

Of birds and snakes on the Osa Peninsula

By Connie and Peter Roop, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin members While hiking the Osa peninsula of Costa Rica with the Natural Resources Foundation, the deadly fer de lance, one of the most venomous snakes on Earth, slithered right between us. We looked at each other and agreed—it was time to make our will. We are both deeply committed to the natural world. So “naturally” we turned to the Natural Resources Foundation. We learned of...

Bat Stewards in the Chippewa Valley: Citizen science to conserve Wisconsin’s bats

By Emily Lind, citizen science technician at the Citizen Science Center, Beaver Creek Reserve Wisconsin has seven species of bat, four of which are threatened, while three are listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Bats are both biologically and economically important because they pollinate, disperse seeds and consume millions of insects every summer night, keeping pests off crops and out of our campsites. Sadly, though, Wisconsin bats are facing serious threats with the discovery...

Tracking endangered turtles with dogs

For the third year, the Wisconsin DNR has worked with dog trainer John Rucker and his Boykin spaniels, who are trained to find the endangered ornate box #turtle. We joined them on a survey of a state natural area in southern #Wisconsin that will help DNR #conserve this #species. Follow along in this Storify: [<a href=”//storify.com/WisConservation/turtledogswi” target=”_blank”>View the story “#TurtleDogsWI” on Storify</a>]...

Birding trash talk: 24-hour Big Day Birdathon

Two hot-shot birding teams in Wisconsin went head-to-head to see who could find more bird species in 24 hours, while raising funds for bird conservation. A communications professional joined each team to live tweet the event…and exchange some friendly birding trash talk. Follow along on the Storify: [<a href=”//storify.com/WisConservation/big-day-teams-competition” target=”_blank”>View the story “Wisconsin Big Day competition 2015” on Storify</a>]...

Seeking spruce grouse

By Sunil Gopalan, guest blogger and Foundation member I had been eyeing the NRF field trip to seek out the elusive spruce grouse since I first heard of it being offered last year. The spruce grouse is one of those secretive species that makes you work for it and even then, it is mostly sighted along roadways picking at grit. The field trip offered a chance to find the bird displaying in its breeding regal...

Celebrating a season of spring ephemerals on state natural areas

By Josh Mayer, guest blogger Some may think that the summers in Wisconsin are far too short, but even more fleeting is the spring ephemeral season. In the forest, before the green canopy drapes the forest floor in shade, a bevy of wildflowers emerge and bloom in a wondrous display. On the prairie, the flowering display is much different in the spring than it is later in the summer and fall. There really is never...

Travel Tales: From Wisconsin’s wolves to Gabon’s elephants

In just a few days, I will be swapping Wisconsin’s northwoods and southern savannahs for the humid tropics of Central Africa. I will be working with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Gabon, studying elephants. But what brings me to Africa is an interest that was rooted with my research on wolves here in Wisconsin. My background is in conservation biology, with a focus on human-wildlife conflict—specifically on wolves. My research has included wolf monitoring...