Monthly Archives: December 2015

Find a winter adventure at a state natural area

By Josh Mayer, Foundation volunteer photographer and guest blogger  (All photos in post by Josh Mayer) The time has come to our wonderful state when the temperatures have chilled and the precipitation is whiter and fluffier…or it will be soon. I used to think this meant that hiking season was over, but I have now come to realize that there are many great opportunities to explore in Wisconsin’s state natural areas. One of the more...

Your Brain on Nature: A short book review

By Lisa Charron, Natural Resources Foundation On my birthday, my boyfriend and I went hiking at Governor Dodge State Park. We picked out a long, looping trail, headed into the woods and immediately got lost. We found ourselves on a narrow trail broken by roots and jutting rocks, climbing ever more steeply. I started to breathe harder. But I couldn’t help but notice the determined way the saplings clung to the rocky hillside and the...

Paddling for the love of Wisconsin: The final tale

By Ruth Oppedahl, Natural Resources Foundation This article was originally published in the Winter 2015 edition of Bridges, the member newsletter of the Natural Resources Foundation. When my mother turned 50 years old, she joined a group of women who were training to hike the Grand Canyon. She filled my brother’s Boy Scout backpack—a heavy canvas thing—with bricks and walked the hills around our suburban neighborhood in Iowa to get prepared. Her euphoria on doing...

The thrill of…counting birds

By Lisa Charron, Natural Resources Foundation “That’s the silliest question ever!” Ryan Brady exclaims when I ask him if he has a passion for birds. I guess it is a silly question, seeing as he’s been coordinating WBCI’s Wisconsin Bird Monitoring Program for seven years. Brady recruits, organizes and trains 150-200 volunteers each year to monitor the bird species that fall through the cracks of other surveys: night birds and secretive marsh birds. In 2015,...

Give the gift of nature

The holidays are upon us and we’re here to help you give the perfect gift to the Wisconsin nature lovers in your life: Give a gift membership to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Members have the advantage of registering early for our popular field trip program, which includes more than 150 field trips across the state. Members also receive our quarterly Bridges newsletter and our monthly e-newsletter. You can give a gift membership online...

Our Wisconsin Tundra Swan Connection

By Connie and Peter Roop, Foundation members and guest bloggers Each year we try to experience one or more of the more than 150 field trips offered by the Natural Resources Foundation. This November we had the opportunity to enjoy the abundance of waterfowl migrating along the Mississippi Flyway between western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota and Iowa.   Our sightings included mile-long rafts of canvasbacks (in the tens of thousands), hundreds of green-winged teal and mallard ducks,...