Category Archives: Field Trips

Winners of the 2017 Field Trip Photo Contest

Each year as the Field Trip season ends, we ask you to send us your best pictures from any Foundation Field Trip to our Field Trip Photo Contest. And each year you blow us away. Not only because your photographs are beautiful (which they are), but they tell such a wonderful story of the Foundation’s impact on you and our efforts to protect Wisconsin’s incredible lands, waters, and wildlife. Thank you for being a part...

Five Field Trip Facts

Lauren Koshere, donor relations coordinator at the Natural Resources Foundation, shares fun facts and first impressions of our long-standing Field Trip program. Lauren’s Field Trip Facts Getting active in nature is so important to NRF that it’s actually part of my job description. How cool is that? Field Trips are a seriously awesome program tool for a nonprofit organization. Each trip is an opportunity for members to meet each other, staff to get to know...

Family uses Foundation Field Trips to stay connected

As children get older and become busy with school, work, and responsibilities, it can be difficult to find the time to get together with family. It can be just as hard to make time to take a break from everyday life and return to the pleasures of Wisconsin’s wilderness. One family, however, has found a way to combine these two endeavors through the Natural Resources Foundation’s Field Trips....

2016 Field Trip Photo Contest Winners

All of these photos were taken during Field Trips with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. The name of the Field Trip is included for reference. Join us for our 2017 Field Trip season. Registration opens for current or renewing members on March 22, 2017 at noon. Make sure your membership is current before February 15th, in order to receive your 2017 Field Trip Guidebook in the mail. Grand Prize: Jerry Newman for Muralt Bluff Prairie...

Crane watching: One of nature’s many gifts

The great Sandhill Wildlife Area crane watching event occurred mornings and evenings in the fall. Thousands of sandhill cranes gathered together in a landing stage before making their way south on their autumn migration. Sandhill cranes are elegant, five-foot-tall creatures of varying shades of brown, topped off with a mark of red on their small heads. This event was brought to us by nature, instinct and habit, with a little help from the DNR and...

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,...

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...