Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey: A great amphibian adventure

By Lindsay Renick Mayer This story was re-printed from the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Spring 2016 issue of FrogLog It is a late night in June in Wisconsin’s beautiful Kickapoo Valley and I am straining to hear the calls of frogs around me. It’s not that they’re faint, it’s that there are too many of them, coming from the woods in all directions. I try to remember what a seasoned birder once told me—that picking one...

Translocation project gives Wisconsin’s salamanders a helping hand

  By Lindsay Renick Mayer This story has been re-printed from the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Spring 2016 issue of FrogLog Seven years after staff at the Mequon Nature Preserve (MNP) in southeastern Wisconsin began a project to re-establish the hardwood forests that once dominated the landscape, they noticed that while snakes, frogs and birds had returned in abundance, one important resident family of species was still missing: salamanders. Farmland development, parking lot construction and other...

White trumpeter swans make an impressive comeback

By Molly Sequin   Wisconsin has an astounding number of adult white trumpeter swans. These animals are the largest native waterfowl species in North America, and they’re quite the sight– beautiful white birds that stand five feet tall and weigh up to 35 pounds. As their name suggests, one sure way to know you are around a trumpeter swan is if you hear their loud trumpeter call. While the species may be thriving now, it...

Flambeau River Forest fund: Protect what you love, and help others love it, too

By Lisa Charron   Imagine 90,000 acres of protected forest. Seventy-five miles of hardwood-lined river winds its way through the property. Paddlers and people fishing drift on the open water, while thrill-seekers maneuver through the rapids. Deer, wolves, raccoon, black bear, otter, bald eagles and ospreys make their homes along the lush banks while musky, sturgeon, trout, walleye, bass and pan fish thrive in the waters. Families spend evenings around the fire in the rustic...

The countless reasons to cherish Wisconsin

By Rebecca Haefner, Foundation board member Sometime in the late 1970’s while I was living in Missouri, two girlfriends and I struck out on an adventure to do a bike trip in Wisconsin on that trail we had read about in a bike magazine: The Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, Wisconsin’s first rail-to-trail conversion,  which had opened in 1965. From there we planned to take back roads to Madison:  our destination. It was on the Elroy-Sparta Trail...