Monthly Archives: May 2016

Support for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center

The Natural Resources Foundation and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center have a long history together, since the very beginning of the Nature Center’s formation. Some of our first grants from the Besadny endowment went to the construction of an accessible pier on the Edna Taylor Park grounds in 1996. Since then, we have supported several of their programs, including summer camps, invasive species programs, educational workshops and more. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center, situated east...

Crane watching: One of nature’s many gifts

The great Sandhill Wildlife Area crane watching event occurred mornings and evenings in the fall. Thousands of sandhill cranes gathered together in a landing stage before making their way south on their autumn migration. Sandhill cranes are elegant, five-foot-tall creatures of varying shades of brown, topped off with a mark of red on their small heads. This event was brought to us by nature, instinct and habit, with a little help from the DNR and...

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program: Valued volunteers

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is a network of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within communities across Wisconsin. There are hundreds of certified Master Naturalist Volunteers in Wisconsin who share their passion, interest, and dedication to science and nature by volunteering to share their knowledge with others. Organizations across the state rely on these individuals to help with natural resources efforts. “The goals of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program match my own—preparing and enlisting...

Long-term study to assess recovery of Wisconsin loons from mercury and lead exposure

There’s something haunting about the beautiful call of common loons. This sound, however, nearly vanished from Northern Wisconsin as a result of mercury and lead poisoning and hunting, all of which devastated loon populations starting in the late 1800s. Since then the federal government has taken steps to bring these birds back from the brink and conservationists in Wisconsin, with help from the Natural Resources Foundation, are conducting research to make sure those measures are...