Category Archives: Travel Tales

Traveling to Isle Royale with the Foundation

By: Bill Smith, NRF Board Member As our Natural Resources Foundation (NRF) tour left the sheltered dock at Houghton, MI, and headed to the open waters of Lake Superior, I was wondering: What did Lake Superior have waiting for us? The Michigan shore slowly disappeared below the stern of the Ranger III and the skies remained clear. Winds were favorable for our five-hour voyage across Lake Superior to Isle Royale National Wilderness Park. It was a...

A trip to Wyalusing State Park

By Cait Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin   Winter is a beautiful time to be outdoors. The quiet is wonderful for reflection, both personal and phenological.  I recently visited Wyalusing State Park, a gem in southwestern Wisconsin offering stunning views overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. Wyalusing is situated at the mouth of the Wisconsin River, where it meets the mighty Mississippi. In fact, this is where I recently paddled with...

Travel Tales: From Wisconsin’s wolves to Gabon’s elephants

In just a few days, I will be swapping Wisconsin’s northwoods and southern savannahs for the humid tropics of Central Africa. I will be working with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Gabon, studying elephants. But what brings me to Africa is an interest that was rooted with my research on wolves here in Wisconsin. My background is in conservation biology, with a focus on human-wildlife conflict—specifically on wolves. My research has included wolf monitoring...

Travel Tales: The Mountains are Calling

By Brooke Hemze, Natural Resources Foundation With the dawning of UW-Madison’s spring break, five Midwestern girls piled into an SUV for a 19-hour road trip west. No Panama City Beach for us, instead we traveled through Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, packed in with our packs, an eight-person tent and all the cooking supplies we needed for our meals over the fire. The mountains were calling, and we were heading west. After stopping in small-town Sterling,...

Dispatches from Belize

By Ruth Oppedahl, Natural Resources Foundation Foundation Executive Director Ruth Oppedahl and a group of WisConservationists are this week visiting Belize as part of the Foundation’s international field trip program. The field trip participants are exploring the country’s birding hotspots, learning about conservation efforts and delving into the country’s myriad habitats, including wetlands, Caribbean cayes, primary rainforest and pine savannah. Check back this week as Ruth reports from the field! February 11, 2015 Floating down the...