Category Archives: Rare and endangered species

Southern Kettle Moraine Restoration

Conservation and restoration of our public lands is central to our mission at the Natural Resources Foundation. The Southern Kettle Moraine encompasses several high priority State Natural Areas that are home to multiple rare ecosystems as well as threatened or endangered species. The Natural Resources Foundation partnered with the Brookby Foundation this year to support restoration work in the area. Additional work will be done in 2018 thanks to the first disbursement from the Cherish...

Protecting rare plants at Kohler-Andrae

By Caitlin Williamson, director of conservation programs The shores of Lake Michigan preserve some of the last remaining Great Lakes dunes in Wisconsin, and harbor some of our state’s most incredible and rare flora and fauna. At Kohler Park Dunes State Natural Area in Sheboygan County, a series of beautiful dunes and swales face Lake Michigan. This State Natural Area was created to preserve this unique natural community and provide critical habitat for the rare and endemic...

Rattlesnake Appreciation Day?

January 28th is Rattlesnake Appreciation Day. It might seem crazy to devote an entire day to appreciating a creature like a rattlesnake, but hear us out. 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. This humble holiday reminds us that even slithering snakes play a critical role in...

The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey: A great amphibian adventure

By Lindsay Renick Mayer This story was re-printed from the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Spring 2016 issue of FrogLog It is a late night in June in Wisconsin’s beautiful Kickapoo Valley and I am straining to hear the calls of frogs around me. It’s not that they’re faint, it’s that there are too many of them, coming from the woods in all directions. I try to remember what a seasoned birder once told me—that picking one...

Translocation project gives Wisconsin’s salamanders a helping hand

  By Lindsay Renick Mayer This story has been re-printed from the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Spring 2016 issue of FrogLog Seven years after staff at the Mequon Nature Preserve (MNP) in southeastern Wisconsin began a project to re-establish the hardwood forests that once dominated the landscape, they noticed that while snakes, frogs and birds had returned in abundance, one important resident family of species was still missing: salamanders. Farmland development, parking lot construction and other...

White trumpeter swans make an impressive comeback

By Molly Sequin   Wisconsin has an astounding number of adult white trumpeter swans. These animals are the largest native waterfowl species in North America, and they’re quite the sight– beautiful white birds that stand five feet tall and weigh up to 35 pounds. As their name suggests, one sure way to know you are around a trumpeter swan is if you hear their loud trumpeter call. While the species may be thriving now, it...

Limited edition badger license plate helps fund conservation throughout Wisconsin

By Brooke Hemze, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin The American badger will soon be making way for the bald eagle…on Wisconsin license plates that is! Wisconsin residents have only until the end of July to purchase the badger plate, which was released in April 2010. This now limited-edition plate features an endangered Wisconsin oak savanna and the plants and animals dependent on the land, including the American badger, eastern meadowlark, tiger swallowtail butterfly and the...

Protecting the state’s wood turtles, one garden at a time

By David Zeug, Foundation guest blogger Any day on the Brule River is a good day. What I didn’t realize when I heard the commotion behind me was that this November day was going to become even more special and lead to a fascination with the wood turtle. Like a buck chasing a doe, the turtles ducked and weaved through the woods along the banks of the river. Surprised by the behavior, I tried to...

Banding Kirtland’s warblers with USFWS and Wisconsin DNR

We spent a beautiful day in Adams County with USFWS and the Wisconsin DNR banding five adult male Kirtlands warblers. These warblers are a federally listed endangered species and quite beloved in #Wisconsin. We captured the action live on Twitter with #KirtlandsWI: [<a href=”//storify.com/WisConservation/kirtlandswi” target=”_blank”>View the story “#KirtlandsWI” on Storify</a>]...

Tracking endangered turtles with dogs

For the third year, the Wisconsin DNR has worked with dog trainer John Rucker and his Boykin spaniels, who are trained to find the endangered ornate box #turtle. We joined them on a survey of a state natural area in southern #Wisconsin that will help DNR #conserve this #species. Follow along in this Storify: [<a href=”//storify.com/WisConservation/turtledogswi” target=”_blank”>View the story “#TurtleDogsWI” on Storify</a>]...

Ducks get sick, too! — A trip to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center

By Caitlin Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation Natural Resources Foundation staff and volunteers had the opportunity to visit the United States Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center this week, located right here in Madison. Founded in 1975 to help conserve wildlife species by addressing wildlife disease problems driven by pathogens, pollutants, genetics, and environmental conditions, the NWHC is an important resource for us in Wisconsin, and across the country. Wildlife health is an important field, for...

Protecting Wisconsin’s Rare Plants for the Future

By Cait Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Dr. James P. Bennett, a retired research botanist with the United States Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Botany, has spent his life studying and protecting rare plants. His research has focused on the impact of air pollution on plants, specifically on lichens and State Natural Areas in Wisconsin. “Wisconsin is losing plant species as part of the global biodiversity crisis,” said Bennett, who...