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News about the Natural Resources Foundation

In the links below, we’re excited to share articles, interviews, and news about the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

If you are a member of the media, please reach out to our communications director (contact information below). 

Press Releases

Mississippi River Paddle Field Trip: Herptile Conservation (2022) photo by Andrew Badje


[March 20th, 2023] The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin announces 263 Field Trips exploring Wisconsin’s special outdoor places – our 30th Field Trip season – with more beginner-friendly trips and accessibility options


Motts Ravine State Natural Area by Josh Mayer


[January 18th, 2023] In 2022, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin granted $1,030,650 to support 241 conservation and environmental education projects across the state.


A mound at Cranberry Creek Mound Group SNA


[January 6th, 2023] This year, funds will support habitat restoration projects at the Cranberry Creek Mound Group State Natural Area and Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area. The Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund is built through donations made when purchasing a hunting or fishing license. (Joint Press Release with WDNR)


Whooping crane walks through tall grass

Breaking records, saving birds: Bird Protection Fund announces 2022 grants

[October 10th, 2022] The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is directing the record-breaking $117,000 raised during the 2022 Great Wisconsin Birdathon to the state’s biggest bird conservation needs


Giving back to birds: Bird Protection Fund announces 2021 funding projects

[September 28, 2021] As bird populations decline across North America, the Bird Protection Fund takes action, supporting on-the-ground conservation and education initiatives


Birding for a cause: Wisconsinites come together for bird conservation

[April 13, 2021] Wisconsin’s largest fundraiser for bird conservation returns, connecting bird enthusiasts across the state.



March 25, 2023: Wisconsin conservation groups issue an SOS for Wisconsin songbirds (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

March 20, 2023: Parks, other projects protect Wisconsin’s pollinators (Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine)

March 9, 2023: ‘The best of Wisconsin’s natural world’: NRF field trips are back for the 30th year (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

March 2, 2023: Find your flock for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (Bird City News)

February 16, 2023: Saving migration for Wisconsin’s long-distance migratory birds (WORT)

January 15, 2023: A group of biologists is working to fill in knowledge on Wisconsin’s elusive salamander, the mudpuppy (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

January 8, 2023: Juneau County receives DNR funding to improve public lands (NBC 15)

January 3, 2023: Grants support Connecticut warbler breeding habitat in Wisconsin (WORT)

December 15, 2022: Research on the needs of migratory birds: the Neotropical Flyways Project (WORT)

November 17, 2022: A first-of-its-kind project in southwestern WI is helping land adapt to climate change (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

October 24, 2022: Birding is a traditionally white-dominated space.  One WI group is trying to change that (WPR)

October 12, 2022: DNR and Partners Take Action on Disappearing Songbird (WDNR)

September 29, 2022: Building a Diverse Workforce for the future of conservation (WDNR)

September 13, 2022: Wisconsin’s first grassland climate adaptation site is a ‘best case scenario’ for mitigating climate change (WPR)

June 6, 2022: Birders Gather to Raise Funds for Birds and their Habitat (WORT)

May 14, 2022: Wisconsin coalition urges Congress to pass bill that would save habitat and keep species from becoming endangered (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

May 13, 2022: Wisconsin’s natural world is at risk. A bill pending in Congress would help protect it (Green Bay Gazette)

May 2, 2022: Field Trips from the Natural Resources Foundation Show Off Wisconsin from All Angles (Up North News)

April 24, 2022: Go Birding for a Cause with ’22 Great Wisconsin Birdathon (Badger Birder)

March 2022: Field Trips Foster Love of the Outdoors (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Magazine)

March 17, 2022: These field trips explore Wisconsin’s special natural places — including some closed to the public (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

October 11, 2021: Lake Wingra is classroom for Edgewood Campus School students (Newskudo)

September 28, 2021: Great Wisconsin Birdathon funds to help birds throughout the Americas (Birdwatching Daily)

June 23, 2021: DNR and Partners Team up to Improve 2,000 Acres of Pollinator Habitat in Southwestern Wisconsin (Lake Superior News)

April 30, 2021: Enjoy “Migration Miracle” And Help Birds in Wisconsin (Antigo Times)

April 11, 2021: North Iowa Nitty Gritty: Goats on the Go isn’t kidding around when it comes to landscaping (Globe Gazette)

March 1, 2021: Outdoor classrooms shouldn’t end with the pandemic (Bloomberg Report)

February 25, 2021: David Clutter talks about the programs of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund (Dan Small Outdoors Radio 28:50)

September 18,2020: Wild Things: The Hunt is on for an Escape from COVID-19 Madness (Door County Pulse)

September 12,2020: Mark LaBarbera: A Big Win for Outdoor Recreation in Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Journal)

September 9, 2020: Focus on Nature:Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin (Price County Review)

July 9,2020: Band Owls, Climb Trees and More on the Popular NRF Field Trips Which are Still on for 2020        (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

May 25, 2020: Birdwatching Blossoms In time of Coronavirus (New York Daily News)

May 9, 2020: Don’t Share the Binoculars: Even Birdwatching has Changed in the Era of COVID-19        (Wisconsin State Journal)

May 4, 2020: Birding is a Socially Distancing Friendly Sport you can do During the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

April 27, 2020: Birders Across the State Step up in Response to Bird Loss (The Country Today)

April 22, 2020: Megan Severson and Abe Lenoch: Wisconsin Birding for Beginners (The Cap Times – Madison)

April 20, 2020: Birders Across the State Step up in Response to Wisconsin’s Bird Loss (Lake Milles Leader)

April 22, 2019: Tours offer glimpse of Driftless history (The Country Today)

March 27, 2019: Natural Resources Foundation (Larry Meiller Show)

March 20, 2019: Maple trees signal spring arrival (Portage Daily Register)

March 14, 2019: See secret natural spots and rare species on a field trip with the Natural Resources Foundation (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

December 10, 2018: Winter is prime time to seed milkweed for monarchs (WXPR Radio)

November 13, 2018: Hunters can help improve habitat with donation (WXPR Radio)

October 31, 2018: License buyers can add to Wisconsin’s outdoor legacy (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

October 19, 2018: Connecting, exploring, and engaging at Crestwood Elementary (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

October 11, 2018: To tag a butterfly (Isthmus)

September 17, 2018: Two Rivers’ Woodland Dunes braces forested swales as emerald ash borer nears (Herald Times Reporter)

September 1, 2018: Conference in Pewaukee to address decline in swifts, nighthawks and other winged bug-eaters (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

May 30, 2018: Nature and Wildife Writers Roundtable (Larry Meiller Show, min. 0:18:00)

April 6, 2018: Great Wisconsin Birdathon takes flight during Year of the Bird (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

April 5, 2018: The call of the wild: The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to study and celebrate our state resources (Isthmus)

March 29, 2018: 8 scenic and historical train rides in Wisconsin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

February 17, 2018: Record number of snowy owls sighted in Wisconsin this winter (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

January 8, 2018: Badger and Arlington take the stage (Project SNOWstorm)

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Shelly Torkelson

Shelly Torkelson

Director of Communications

(608) 409-3113

Shelly oversees the Foundation's strategic communications and marketing. She tells our stories of positive impact on the land, broadens awareness of our programs, and creates connections with key audiences.