2017 Press Releases
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.
$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.
Great 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.
Natural 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.
Headlines about the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
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)
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)