NRF Joins Year of the Bird

NRF Joins Year of the Bird

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, the most important bird-protection law ever passed. This 100-year-old law laid the groundwork for bird-protection initiatives throughout the country. To celebrate, National Geographic and Audubon Magazine have joined forces with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International to establish 2018 […]

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Tracking Wisconsin Snowy Owls

Tracking Wisconsin Snowy Owls

In December of 2017, responding to an urgent plea from bird researchers in Wisconsin and our fellow conservationists at Project SNOWstorm, we raised enough funding to outfit two Wisconsin snowy owls with tracking devices. Thanks to our generous donors and a sponsorship from Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, we now have two snowy owls we can […]

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Help Track Snowy Owls!

Help Track Snowy Owls!

Update: We did it! Meet NRF’s Snowy Owls: Badger and Austin Thanks to our generous supporters, a sponsorship from Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, and the support of local partners Madison Audubon Society and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, as many as six Wisconsin snowy owls will be outfitted with transmitters! Researchers will begin field work after […]

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Tracking Wildlife on Madeline Island

Tracking Wildlife on Madeline Island

We saw the sun rise over Lake Superior as we passed Washburn, Wisconsin on our Northland College research team made its way to the Madeline Island Ferry. To our surprise, our van was the only vehicle on it. The lake was cold and calm. When we reached our destination, we drove off down the road […]

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Building a home for insects

Building a home for insects

Insect family seeks cozy home in quiet neighborhood… Insects aren’t so different from us; they too need a safe space to grow and raise their young. While many of us may have a tense relationship with insects, they are crucial to any healthy ecosystem—from our yards and gardens to forests and prairies. Even farms and […]

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Protecting Snakes in Wisconsin

Protecting Snakes in Wisconsin

Rattlesnakes, like Wisconsin’s native eastern massasauga (Endangered in Wisconsin and recently added as a federally Threatened species) and timber rattlesnakes, usually get a bad rap in society, and are often portrayed as creepy, deadly pests. But these animals play a critical role in maintaining Wisconsin’s diverse ecosystems. The Human-Snake Dilemma In Wisconsin’s early history, expansion […]

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