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Funding Bird Conservation Efforts

Each year the Bird Protection Fund reviews conservation needs in Wisconsin and prioritizes projects where funding can make a critical impact for bird conservation. Every year a few priorities always rise to the top. Funding these projects is made possible in part thanks to the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Kirtland’s Warbler Monitoring and Management The Kirtland’s warbler is a federally endangered bird that has been known to nest in Wisconsin since 2007. This project is an...

Managing wetlands on your property

Across Wisconsin and the globe, wetlands have historically been misunderstood and underappreciated. Wetlands—found where land and water meet—provide countless benefits to wildlife, landscapes and communities. But despite their value, past and current land use has filled, drained or degraded many wetlands. In Wisconsin, we’ve already lost half of our wetlands. Of the wetlands that remain in Wisconsin, 75 percent are owned by private landowners, giving landowners a vital role in caring for them. Every wetland...

Wetland Restoration in Wisconsin: A private landowner tells his story

Mequon resident, private landowner, and Foundation member Ben Arnold loves nature, and not just from a distance. Whether it’s keeping a careful eye on a clutch of hatching turtle eggs, planting rare native species or sharing photos of a pheasant that wandered across his yard, Arnold is always engaged. Forty years ago, Arnold’s love of nature took him on a surprising journey—the challenging and rewarding journey of native forest, prairie and wetland restoration to create...

Funding State Natural Area Management

State Natural Areas contain some of the rarest and most ecologically important landscapes in Wisconsin and North America. These protected areas provide critical habitat for endangered or threatened wildlife and rare plants. They also contain some of the last remaining parcels of Wisconsin’s native landscapes as they would have been prior to farming and development. But to maintain the delicate balance and keep these landscapes healthy, State Natural Areas require a lot of care and...

A Passion for Land Stewardship

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. The Ah-Ha! Moment It was the fall of 2014 and I was mentally and physically drained after spending a few days pedaling across Kansas. Forewarned about the...

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