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 trips offer. The grand prize winner, Brent Daniel, won a pair of Eagle Optics Ranger binoculars donated by our friends at Eagle Optics.

We had more than 3,500 total field trip registrations in 2014 and the program raised $11,000 to support the Bird Protection Fund and $3,400 to support bat conservation in the state. Renew your membership today to ensure early registration for the 2015 field trip season!

GRAND PRIZE

Oriole by Brent Daniel

Photo by Brent Daniel: The oriole flying from its nest on the “Whooping Crane and Kirtland’s Warbler Bird Protection Fund Adventure” at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

FIRST PLACE

Spruce grouse by Bruce & Kathy Bartel

Photo by Bruce and Kathy Bartel: Spruce grouse on the “In Search of Spruce Grouse Field Trip” at Clam Lake, Ashland County

SECOND PLACE

Karner blue butterfly by Diane Nichols

Photo by Diane Nichols: Karner blue butterfly on the “Karner Blue Butterflies Field Trip” near Waupaca, Waupaca County

THIRD PLACE

Kestrel by Art Walaszek

Photo by Art Walaszek: Kestrel in hand on the “Kestrel Banding Field Trip” in Bancroft, Portage County

HONORABLE MENTION

Milkweed by Kay Christianson

Photo by Kay Christianson: Milkweed on a Horicon Marsh Field Trip in Dodge County

Honorable Mention

Shoreline by Nicole Navis

Photo by Nicole Navis: Shoreline on the “Landscape Photography on the Door Shore Field Trip” in Door County

Honorable Mention

Mouse by Tami Dettinger

Photo by Tami Dettinger: Tree-climbing mouse on the “Small Mammals of Southern Wisconsin Field Trip” in Dane County

Honorable Mention

Tree and sky by Amy Kishter

Photo by Amy Kishter: Silhouetted trees and sky on the “Autumn Dells Power-Hike Field Trip” in the Wisconsin Dells, Columbia Co.