Category Archives: 30th anniversary

Reflecting on 30 years

By Carl Schwartz, steering committee chair for Bird City Wisconsin and board chair for the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. Anniversaries always offer a time for reflection—a chance to look back on where we have been and how our various relationships have evolved. In the 18 years since my wife Barbara and I became members of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, I’ve had the chance to see the many ways NRF carries out...

Two silent auction items for the birds (and bird-lovers)

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Tim Eisele, one of our own board members, has chosen to donate two silent auction items this year, including a birdhouse and a framed photo that comes with an International Crane Foundation Membership. The photo, pictured below, features the first Wisconsin whooping crane hatched in the wild since the 1800s. To learn more about Tim, the birdhouse and his photograph, you can read his Q&A with us below....

Painting and positivity for our next 30 years

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin   Bruce Braun is a longtime member of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and has been a part of our board for over ten years. A photographer at heart, he began to also paint in the early 2000s. Our 30th anniversary silent auction will feature one of Bruce’s paintings, pictured below. Read on to learn about Bruce, his time with the Natural Resources Foundation and how he...

Investing in nature, and enjoying the returns

By Dave Adam, NRF board member   To the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin family, The seeds of conservation and preservation were planted in me during my formative years while camping with my family in Columbia County just north of Madison. But it took a solo cross country bike ride for me to elevate my game and pursue land stewardship with a passion. It was the fall of 2014 and I was mentally and physically...

Painting for conservation

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin     Owen Gromme, hailed as the “Dean of U.S. Wildlife Artists,” had a longstanding presence in the State of Wisconsin as both an artist and an advocate for conservation. Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in 1896, Gromme began his career as a taxidermist for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago at the age of 21. After serving in World War I, he worked...

Aldo Leopold Nature Center: A true Wisconsin landscape to host our 30th bash

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin When we began to spearhead our big 30th anniversary event, we knew that location was key. Finding a place that had an atmosphere encompassing the natural charm of Wisconsin and a central location for all of our members sent us on a search for the very best that Dane County has to offer. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s beautiful landscapes and trails instantly caught our eye. Located...

Crane watching: One of nature’s many gifts

By Ronald L. Semmann, founding Foundation board member   “What are we doing out here?” I asked my ecologically inquisitive wife as we stumbled along the rain-soaked dike, feeling the occasional impact of small chunks of hail. “Did we make a mistake signing up for this thing.” “It’s going to be great,” she responded. “This is one of those rare chances to really enjoy nature.” We were talking about the great Sandhill Wildlife Area crane...

Mercury no longer marring Wisconsin’s loon population

By Molly Sequin   There’s something haunting about the beautiful call of a common loon. 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 are embarking on a new Foundation-funded project to make sure those...

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...

Discovering nature (and supporting conservation) through a camera lens

  Josh Mayer is a longtime Foundation member, and has allowed the Foundation to use his stunning photographs for pretty much every form of publication and outreach. For the Foundation’s 30th anniversary, he’s gone one step further and donated this image to be printed, framed and auctioned off at the Foundation’s 30th anniversary party on August 30th. Read the following Q & A with Mayer to learn about his connection to nature and photography, what...

Origins: Creating the Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation

By Ronald L. Semmann, founding Foundation board member In 1986, a group of individuals associated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources embarked on a journey to seek alternative funding for its programs, supplementing the scarce and diminishing financial resources appropriated through legislated channels. This is the fascinating story of that successful venture. Sufficient funding for public programs has always been difficult.  Perhaps that is the way it should be, ensuring the taxpayer that public...

A trip to Wyalusing State Park

By Cait Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin   Winter is a beautiful time to be outdoors. The quiet is wonderful for reflection, both personal and phenological.  I recently visited Wyalusing State Park, a gem in southwestern Wisconsin offering stunning views overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. Wyalusing is situated at the mouth of the Wisconsin River, where it meets the mighty Mississippi. In fact, this is where I recently paddled with...

Quilting for conservation

By Diane Humphrey Lueck, chairwoman of the Foundation’s board of directors As a fundraiser for the Foundation’s 30th anniversary this year, the chairwoman of our board of directors, Diane Humphrey Lueck, is creating a quilt to be auctioned off or raffled. Here she talks about her quilting style, fabric choices and the quilt’s symbolism. For the donation quilt, I chose to use batik fabric for the most part. Batiks are made with wax designs that...