2017 Press Releases

Great Wisconsin Birdathon Great Wisconsin Birdathon raises $90,000 for bird conservation (December 18, 2017)

This record-setting year will allow the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to expand support provided to existing priority projects, while adding support for several new projects identified as priorities by the Foundation and its bird conservation partners—Wisconsin DNR and Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative.


 Teachers look to a new resource for outdoor education (October 10, 2017)

As the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation transitions its roles and responsibilities to other groups, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has been chosen to carry the torch for environmental education. The Foundation will now assume the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation’s role as a capacity-building resource for environmental education in Wisconsin.



Wisconsin’s public lands get permanent funding source from Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund (September 27, 2017)

$50,000 will be invested in Walworth and Dunn counties thanks to a successful public-private partnership between WDNR and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. The Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund, a permanent endowment funded through small donations made when patrons purchase a hunting or fishing license or reserve a campsite, will make its first disbursement to care for public lands at Bluff Creek and Clover Valley Fen State Natural Areas and the Tyrone Tract of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area.


WIBirdathon.orgGreat Wisconsin Birdathon enters 5th year (April 15, 2017)

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is back and you are invited to share the information with your audiences and get outside with a team of birdwatchers. Several of the Birdathon teams mentioned in this advisory would welcome a member of the press for all or part of their birding excursion. To find out if there’s a team in your area that you could join or interview, please contact Nora Simmons, communications director for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.


Gone but still giving (April 12, 2017)

Legacy Fund of dissolved Milwaukee-based nonprofit makes historic first disbursement. The Wisconsin Bird Fund, a legacy fund of the Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus (prairie chicken), disbursed $8,000 to three bird conservation projects in Wisconsin this month.



Monarch butterflies are a priority for conservation in Wisconsin with the Natural Resources FoundationNatural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin joins national effort to save the monarch butterfly (Feb. 15, 2017)
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is partnering with the nation-wide Monarch Joint Venture to support efforts to save monarch butterflies from extinction. In the last 20 years, monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 70 percent due to habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change, and other threats. Wisconsin is a primary breeding ground for monarchs and has been identified as a key location in the conservation effort.



Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin awarded $100,000 grant to address water quality issues on Lake Michigan Shoreline (Feb. 1, 2017)
The grant, from the Fund for Lake Michigan, will clean up an important coastal beach in Manitowoc County. Point Beach State Forest, part of the Wisconsin State Parks system, draws nearly 400,000 visitors each year to its six miles of sandy beach and other attractions. Unfortunately, E. coli contamination has made the beach waters unsafe for recreation in recent years.



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Headlines about the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

2018 News

April 6, 2018: Great Wisconsin Birdathon takes flight during Year of the Bird (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

April 5, 2018: The call of the wild: The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to study and celebrate our state resources (Isthmus)

March 29, 2018: 8 scenic and historical train rides in Wisconsin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

February 17, 2018: Record number of snowy owls sighted in Wisconsin this winter (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

January 8, 2018: Badger and Arlington take the stage (Project SNOWstorm)

2017 News

December 27, 2017: Researchers monitoring wildlife on Madeline Island (WPR)

December 16, 2017: Project SNOWstorm aims to track snowy owls in Wisconsin this season (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

November 30, 2017: Case Study: NRF of Wisconsin’s Field Trip Program (The Holbrook Insider)

November 30, 2017: Durkin: Here’s your 2017 outdoors gift guide (Green Bay Press Gazette)

November 22, 2017: New interpretive panels in whooping crane exhibit (International Crane Foundation)

October 3, 2017: South Milwaukee now listed as Bird City (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

June 12, 2017: Teacher collaboration takes learning outdoors (Wisconsin State Journal)

May 19, 2017: Bridges outdoor classroom complete (The Sauk Prairie Eagle)

April 14, 2017: Natural Resources Déjà Vu: Cuts 30 years ago resulted in creation of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin (Door County Living for Door County Pulse)

April 04, 2017: Foundation Field Trips are front and center in April issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine (DNR weekly news)

March 23, 2017: Hundreds of native bee species headed toward extinction (Wisconsin Gazette)

March 17, 2017: Olson receives funding for wildlife surveys on Madeline Island (Northland College)

February 21, 2017: Effort to save the monarch butterfly as numbers tumble (WXPR)

February 19, 2017: Monarch population falling (WSAU)

February 18, 2017: Nest boxes provide boost to wood ducks (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

February 16, 2017: Not as many snowy owls in Wisconsin this winter (Wisconsin State Journal)

February 10, 2017: Point Beach gets $100,000 grant (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)

February 10, 2017: Nomadic snowy owl a sight to behold (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

January 24, 2017: SANC plans bird club event (North Shore Now)

January 20, 2017: Making a place for insects in our world (Mikwaukee Journal Sentinel)

2016 Headlines Archive

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