Category Archives: Field Trips

Winners of the 2015 Field Trip Photo Contest

Thanks to all of our field trip participants who submitted their beautiful images to our third annual field trip photo contest! The submissions capture some of the best moments of the field trip season and show off Wisconsin’s diverse wildlife and wild lands. The winners and runners-up below submitted photos that were particularly captivating, either in their approach to framing the photo’s subject or in helping tell a story about the unique experiences our field trips...

Our Wisconsin Tundra Swan Connection

By Connie and Peter Roop, Foundation members and guest bloggers Each year we try to experience one or more of the more than 150 field trips offered by the Natural Resources Foundation. This November we had the opportunity to enjoy the abundance of waterfowl migrating along the Mississippi Flyway between western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota and Iowa.   Our sightings included mile-long rafts of canvasbacks (in the tens of thousands), hundreds of green-winged teal and mallard ducks,...

Wrapping up the Foundation field trip season on the Mississippi River

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Foundation drew its 2015 field trip season to a close with the ever-popular “Boat Cruise the Mississippi in Autumn Migration” trip. The Mississippi Explorer, captained by Captain Annie, took to the famous Pool 9 in the Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge for both a morning and an afternoon session in search of migrating waterfowl and bald eagles. As the Foundation’s field trip assistant coordinator, I was able to attend these trips...

Day VII and VIII Revisited: Learning from the Land and the Power of Partnerships

By Mike Mossman As my wife Lisa and I stood on the sandy banks of the Wisconsin River at the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Leopold Memorial Reserve last Thursday evening, awaiting Ruth’s arrival, I was grateful to know Sauk County as my home. It has been a conservation hotbed since even before the 1930’s, when Aldo Leopold and his family began to restore this worn-out piece of land and learn its many lessons. The Leopolds, and...

A field trip of prehistoric proportions

By Susan Hoffert, Foundation member Chequamegon Bay (pronounce it like you’re saying “she warm again” without the “R”) is one of my favorite spots in Wisconsin. As an obsessed birder, I have visited often in pursuit of piping plovers, golden eagles and blackburnian warblers. On a cool day in late May, however, my objective was not feathered, but finned. Well, maybe a more accurate description is “armored.” I pulled up to a small park in...

Seeking spruce grouse

By Sunil Gopalan, guest blogger and Foundation member I had been eyeing the NRF field trip to seek out the elusive spruce grouse since I first heard of it being offered last year. The spruce grouse is one of those secretive species that makes you work for it and even then, it is mostly sighted along roadways picking at grit. The field trip offered a chance to find the bird displaying in its breeding regal...

You have field trip questions. Our field trip coordinator extraordinaire has answers.

Christine Tanzer has been coordinating the Foundation’s field trip program for 17 years. Under her leadership, the program has expanded from 30 trips to 151 this year. Christine pored through her e-mails from field trip participants like you to develop this list of great questions—and helpful answers. Dear Christine: My favorite trips seem to sell out so quickly. Can’t you just offer more sessions? We know that several great trips can fill within minutes; it’s...

And the winners of the 2nd annual field trip photo contest are…

Thanks to all of our field trip participants who submitted their beautiful images to our second annual field trip photo contest! The submissions capture some of the best moments of the field trip season and show off Wisconsin’s diverse wildlife and wild lands. The winners and runners-up below submitted photos that were particularly captivating, either in their approach to framing the photo’s subject or in helping tell a story about the unique experiences our field...