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Connecting people to conservation in Wisconsin
RESTORATION AND RESILIENCE
Wisconsin’s First Urban State Forest
Access Ability Wisconsin
Exploring Wisconsin’s Natural Wonders
FROM THE DIRECTOR David Clutter
As a father to two great kids, I want them to have every opportunity to enjoy the natural lands and wildlife that we’re blessed with here in Wisconsin. I want them to be able to connect with the outdoors and all the benefits that nature provides — expanding their understanding of our environment, themselves, and the world around them. Every child deserves these experiences and opportunities. With your support, each year the Foundation funds hundreds of opportunities for children to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of time spent in nature. On page six you can read our feature of Havenwoods State Forest, a property located on Milwaukee’s
north side that serves as a greenspace for kids who might otherwise have few opportunities to explore or experience the wonders of the natural world. Thanks to your commitment to the Foundation, we are supporting environmental education and conservation projects around the state, increasing access to the outdoors for everyone. Your partnership and support are making a difference in people’s lives and will continue to do so for generations to come. Thank you.
David Clutter, Executive Director
We believe the best way to teach our members to care for the natural world is to have them experience it for themselves. Our statewide Field Trip Program kicked off this spring, connecting folks of all ages to up-close experiences with the lands, waters, and wildlife of Wisconsin — take a look!
FOUNDATION STAFF David Clutter, Executive Director Shari henning, HR & Operations Manager alex Kaspar, Administrative Assistant Jaime Kenowski, Communications Director lauren Koshere, Member Philanthropy Officer John Kraniak, Membership Director and Data Analyst Kim Kreitinger, Field Trip Coordinator Caitlyn Schuchhardt, Outreach Coordinator Christine tanzer, Field Trip Director lindsey taylor, Grants Assistant Caitlin Williamson, Director of Conservation Programs Camille Zanoni, Director of Philanthropy
with a planned gift to the Foundation
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Benjamin Clark Bomkamp
To learn more about leaving a gift to Wisconsin through your will, contact Camille.Zanoni@WisConservation.org or (608) 409-3112, or visit WisConservation.org/planned-giving
For 25 years the family of this 83-acre retired farm in the Baraboo hills has been working to give the property new life and purpose. Recently the owners gave a tour to our members, showing them how the plants, wildlife, and geology of this special place inform their conservation practices.
This immature male orchard oriole is one of the millions of migratory birds that make their way back north from their winter home in Central or South America, some species flying 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico alone! Members released birds that were caught and banded as they passed by the savannas, woodlands, and prairies near the Waupaca Biological Field Station and Emmons Creek Barrens SNA.
Teaching an old farm new tricks
We have been here for the lands, waters, and wildlife you love since our founding in 1986. Join others who have made a commitment to Wisconsin’s unique natural resources and ensure they are sustained by a strong Foundation for generations to come.
Lending a helping hand
This future steward of conservation learned all about America’s smallest falcon on a recent trip to Buena Vista Grasslands in Portage County! Participants joined researchers as they visited nest boxes to measure and band kestrel chicks.
OUR MISSION Connecting generations to the wonders of Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife through conservation, education, engagement, and giving.
Create a Lasting Legacy for Wisconsin
On a recent trip to the Kickapoo River, members got an introduction on how to catch and clean tasty trout. Leaders also shared some of the challenges cold water loving brown and brook trout are expected to face in the next several decades due to warming temperatures, and the great work that’s been done to restore trout to the river.
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BRIDGES • SUMMER 2021
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark LaBarbera, Board Chair Tom Dott, Vice Chair Rebecca Haefner, Secretary Dave Adam, Treasurer James Bennett linda Bochert Bruce Braun Kristine Euclide martin henert Jim hubing Kristine Krause Diane humphrey lueck William lunney Jim matras tom olson michael Williamson
at Spur Lake State Natural Area
By Caitlin Williamson, Director of Conservation Programs
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pulled into the site early, hoping to scope out the lake and surrounding wetlands and woods before the hydrologist arrived. Like most State Natural Areas I visit, Spur Lake did not disappoint — driving slowly in through the curvy, quiet northern Wisconsin road, I heard dozens of birds trilling and chirping, enjoying the spring weather. I rounded the corner, and the lake opened before me, covered with a layer of fog. A pair of trumpeter swans appeared right in front of me, gliding towards the center of the lake — they always take my breath away, as such an inspiring conservation success story, one that the Foundation helped with shortly after it was formed in 1986. Spur Lake provides critical habitat for numerous wildlife, especially for migratory waterfowl including American black ducks, ring-necked ducks, osprey, and loons. The adjacent lands also protect rare natural communities, including old-
growth hemlock forest and high-quality wetlands that are vital to the health of the Pelican River watershed, which in turn flows into the Wisconsin River. I drove further along the road that
winds around the lake, reaching Twin Lakes Creek, the outlet stream of the lake. Although it was cool, the sun was tucked just behind the clouds, promising to break through at any moment. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Restoring a Harvest Tradition Spur Lake was once an important manoomin (wild rice) harvesting site for local Ojibwe tribes. Translated from Ojibwemowin, manoomin means the “good berry”, and is a food that has long provided both physical and spiritual sustenance to the Ojibwe people. This aquatic grass is also an important source of food and habitat for fish, wildlife, and waterfowl. Over time wild rice adapted to a cold, northern environment, but is now under threat from habitat loss and Wisconsin’s warmer, wetter climate and the pests that thrive under those conditions. Warmer temperatures and rising water levels have also promoted the encroachment of aquatic plants like water lilies and cattails that out-compete wild rice. These changes have almost completely halted native wild rice growth at Spur Lake. It is estimated that Wisconsin has lost about half of its historic levels of wild rice in the last century, with at least five percent disappearing in the last decade alone. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Recognizing the historical, cultural, and ecological significance of Spur Lake, multiple partners have joined together to protect this special place, including the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, local Ojibwe tribal communities including Lac du Flambeau Band, Lac Vieux Desert Band, and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. And, thanks to funding from the Brico Fund and the Caerus Foundation, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is one of the supporters of this collaborative restoration effort. A Bird’s Eye View Nathan Podany arrived, the hydrologist with the Sokoagon Chippewa Community. He began pulling equipment out of his vehicle, unpacking
Nathan Podany, hydrologist with the Sokaogon Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band, prepares to fly a drone to survey the hydrology of Spur Lake.
Restoration, Resilience, and
a drone. When operated by trained professionals, drones can actually be an incredibly valuable tool for conservation efforts across the globe, allowing conservationists to observe parts of the world that are otherwise inaccessible. For this project, the drone was taking aerial photographs and video of Spur Lake, allowing Nathan and the other team members to track water flow, and thus better understand the hydrology of the lake. The data will inform how and where measures could be taken to lower water levels, directly influencing the next steps to restore the lake’s ecological health, and make it more resilient to a changing climate. This project is an inspiring example of the power of partnerships, and what we can accomplish when we work together towards common conservation goals — something that will be needed more than ever as our natural communities continue to face bigger and more complex challenges. I look forward to making a return trip someday soon, and hopefully witnessing the continued revitalization of this historic and culturally significant site. Together, I believe we can make Spur Lake more resilient to a changing climate while restoring its unique natural communities, and hopefully, allowing wild rice to flourish once again.
up from the Milwaukee River through a small creek that runs through the park. In the southeastern forest, hikers are greeted by the sight of mayapple, jackin-the-pulpit, wood anemone, trilliums, and other wildflowers that volunteers began planting in the 1980’s. “Havenwoods is a state forest, but you can find so many different habitats here,” says Dan Buckler, an urban forester with the Wisconsin DNR and volunteer with the Friends of Havenwoods. “The outskirts of the park are more heavily wooded, but as you travel inwards, you’ll find prairie, wetlands, and abundant
Hope for Havenwoods:
Wisconsin’s First Urban State Forest
these physical barriers, Havenwoods lives up to its name. White-tailed deer, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, wild turkey, red foxes, muskrats, coyotes and a pair of nesting sandhill cranes are just some of the wildlife that call Havenwoods home. Even salmon have been spotted swimming Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
On the Horizon or enjoy local What’s next on the horizon for the performances like Havenwoods? The Friends group shared Shakespeare in a few goals like creating more pollinator the Park that take habitat, improving the site’s six miles of place in a small looping trails and making them more auditorium nestled accessible, and continuing to grow under a canopy of programming and outreach to the trees. Community community. events are also The Foundation has identified offered seasonally, Havenwoods as a priority site to like Snake & Turtle support in the coming years. Recently Fest, a springtime we funded the construction of a celebration that pollinator garden at the entrance of the offers guided Volunteers Martina Patterson (left) and Dan Buckler (right) recently replanted an apple tree that was grafted from the former Badger nature center through our Wisconsin hikes, crafts, and Ammunition Plant in Sauk County. Pollinator Protection Fund, as well as a a live reptile and trail accessibility improvement project, amphibian exhibit. wildlife and birds around three small thanks to support from our funding “You don’t need to leave the city ponds that were originally built for partners at REI Brookfield. These are small to find peace in nature,” says Judy stormwater management. Even though steps, and we look forward to helping Dollhausen, president of the Friends it’s in the middle of the city, even Havenwoods advance their goals in the of Havenwoods State Forest. “Having with its history of development, it has years to come. nearby access to nature is so incredibly transformed into something beautiful.” “Organizations like the Foundation important for people’s physical, mental, are so critical in helping spaces like Connection and Community and spiritual well-being. We need spaces Havenwoods get the full support they Havenwoods holds enormous potential where people can rejuvenate and need,” says Buckler. “It’s a wonderful to be a bridge to the natural world immerse themselves in the outdoors, property with a lot of potential, but to for the community as one of the few and Havenwoods can offer that to the make it great it takes others like you.” greenspaces on Milwaukee’s northside. community.” According to the 2010 Census, over 54% of Wisconsin’s Black population lives The Foundation currently holds over 100 funds in the Wisconsin within a five-mile radius of Havenwoods, Conservation Endowment totaling over $10 million in assets, as well as an additional 9% of residents including a fund for the Friends of Havenwoods State Forest. who identify as people of color. Visit WisConservation.org/endowment-funds for a full list of The park’s estimated 50,000 annual visitors find respite from the city to bike, our funds, to learn more, or to make a gift. birdwatch, hike the trails, snowshoe, Meredith Watts
Safe Haven in the City Set in the heart of the most densely populated area of Wisconsin, this wedgeshaped park is flanked on two sides by railroad tracks and a busy road. Despite
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verywhere you look at Havenwoods State Forest, you can find traces of the unique history of this 237-acre urban greenspace on Milwaukee’s north side. The nature center where you can view exhibits or borrow binoculars is located where the County House of Correction once stood in the early 20th century. The property later became a U.S. Army base, and then housed prisoners-of-war during WWII. Even the inconspicuous field on the north central side of the property has a story, once operating as a Nike antiaircraft missile base, a common practice during the Cold War around major American cities. But by the 60’s and 70’s the land sat empty, and local community members began to champion a vision to transform the abandoned acreage into something special — a space that would serve as a sanctuary for wildlife and people alike. In 1980, their efforts paid off, and the state officially recognized Havenwoods as Wisconsin’s first urban state forest.
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The bird nerd staff at Mt. Horeb-based cider company and restaurant, Brix Cider, birded throughout the Sugar River watershed, seeing what birds enjoy the farms and landscapes owned by the local producers that supply their food.
Wrens of Wisdom Prairie This team representing Holy Wisdom Monastery turned their Birdathon into a community event, inviting the public to explore their nature trails as they led small group walks throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset.
Bubbs Go Birding
Birdathoners from across Wisconsin
This family of four got hooked on birds during the pandemic thanks to their aspiring ornithologist, 8-year old Rosie. They went birding with Grandpa Joe at Pheasant Branch in Dane County and even stopped to help county employees plant some native plants — making more habitat for birds!
253 species spotted
107K+ raised for a
The Great Wisconsin Birdathon could not happen without the enthusiasm of our Birdathon participants and our generous donors — thank you! We hope you’ll join us next spring. WIBirdathon.org
Meet our new Outreach Coordinator Caitlyn Schuchhardt joined the Foundation staff in February to coordinate our Great Wisconsin Birdathon and Wayfarers programs, support outreach efforts, and assist our communications team. She’s an avid birder — and Birdathoner herself! — and always likes to have her binoculars on hand. Caitlyn Schuchhardt Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Brix Cider Biking Bird Brigade
f you look closely, you might spot one of Wisconsin’s rarest birds swiftly darting along the water’s edge of Lake Michigan or Superior. Its sandy gray coloring camouflages it against the shoreline, but a sharp black collar and flash of orange legs and bill may give it away. This handsome specimen is none other than the piping plover, a federally endangered shorebird that was nearly lost from our Great Lakes shores for good in the mid-1950’s when populations plummeted, leaving just a single pair clinging to their nesting site in Door County. Our members voted the piping plover to be our Great Wisconsin Birdathon’s Bird of the Year — helping us spread awareness of Wisconsin’s small but growing population of this tiny shorebird. This year, 10 pairs have returned to the isolated cobble beaches and dunes that they call home. And thankfully, they have help navigating the dangers of the shore. Multiple partners have been working together to create safe habitat along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, monitoring piping plover recovery, including the Wisconsin DNR, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, UW-Green Bay, and others. Funds from our Bird Protection Fund
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support this collaborative conservation effort, which includes everything from habitat protection, the careful monitoring of nesting pairs, and the banding of successful young chicks. The short-term goal? For Wisconsin’s 10 nesting pairs of piping plovers to return to their protected habitat each spring to successfully raise a total of 20 fledglings. The long-term goal? For the number of nesting pairs in the Great Lakes region to rise year by year, bringing this species back to our shores. Every year brings new challenges. In 2019, Wisconsin reached its record number of 10 successful nesting pairs, yet high water levels in 2020 limited the habitat available to nest. This year’s
water levels are lower and the shore more expansive, but the beach remains a dangerous place. Our piping plovers need all the help they can get — and thankfully our Bird Protection Fund has their back.
Share the Shore!
Adams County is home to Wisconsin’s state endangered Kirtland’s warbler — and these students joined the Birdathon specifically so they could make an impact for this imperiled species close to home.
Protecting Wisconsin’s Piping Plovers By Caitlyn Schuchhardt Outreach Coordinator
Adams-Friendship High School Warblers
he team reports are in, the species are tallied, and the fundraising is a wrap. The 2021 Great Wisconsin Birdathon is officially another record-breaker, raising $107,915 for Wisconsin’s birds! A special shoutout goes to this year’s top three fundraisers including the Cutright’s Even Older Coots, who brought in an impressive $16,000 for the Birdathon; the Lake Superior eBirders, who made sure that no species was missed along the North Shore; and the notorious Finch Gang, who took Jefferson County by storm. These long-standing teams are joined by 19 new, enthusiastic groups who joined the flock — from families to schools, from bird clubs to Bird Cities. Here are just a few of our first-timer’s stories:
‘owl in’ for Wisconsin’s birds
DNR biologist Sumner Matteson bands a federally endangered Piping Plover chick.
If you’re visiting a beach, be on the lookout and avoid marked nesting areas. People, dogs, and off-road vehicles can easily scare birds off their nests, putting their eggs at risk. All it takes is one misstep to crush a nearinvisible nest or tiny fledgling. The DNR’s recommended avoidance season for piping plovers in Wisconsin is May 15July 15 during nesting season. BRIDGES/SUMMER 2021
Honorary and Memorial Gifts Sept 23, 2020-May 31, 2021
The Foundation recognizes gifts made in honor or memory of the following people: In Memory of Robert Spencer Association of Retired Conservationists In Memory of Glenn A Staples William Appel In Honor of Karen Steffes Karissa Schneider In Memory of Maurice & Elda Stillmank Paul Stillmank In Memory of Jim Straube Grace Nelson In Memory of Maggie Summer Carol Werner In Memory of Stephen Taft Elissa Loder In Honor of Elizabeth Thiel Wilbert Thiel In Honor of Arlene Trochlell Jill Trochell Ziehr In Memory of Dean Tvedt Clark & Teresa Amundsen Association of Retired Conservationists Mary Bollig Steve & Sue Brink Ruth Duffy Ken & Mary Esser Four Winds Manor Inc. Rose Frisch Jennifer Gottwald James & Esther Huntoon Donna & Dan Lavold Marcia MacKenzie Bruce & Jean Oimoen Staber Reese Joyce Schultze Jeane Stites Lois Tvedt Chris Underwood Monica Walk Mary Wells Mary Williams Connie Jo & Gary Zwettler In Memory of Troy Ulry Kenneth Bauer In Memory of Gerald Vande Hei Association of Retired Conservationists In Honor of Holly Walz Holly Schneider In Honor of Roger & Thomas Wartgow Keith Schulz In Honor of Wequiock Wonderers Bradley Louis In Memory of Rosalie Wilinski Matthew Wallrath In Honor of Willenbring Family Stina Anderson In Memory of Ruth Wong Earl Morren & Vera Ming Wong In Honor of Meghan Ziegler Michael Lenehan & Mary Williams
Access Ability Wisconsin (AAW) Outdoors for All! Fund By Monica Spaeni, President of Access Ability Wisconsin
“Between every two pines is a new world. And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
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- John Muir
his beautiful quote by John Muir is often shared by outdoor enthusiasts, but it takes something important for granted — not everyone has the freedom to lose themselves in nature. In fact, most people with mobility issues do not have access to this experience, which is why with the support of other outdoors enthusiasts, I created the Access Ability Wisconsin (AAW) Outdoors for All! Fund with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. This fund will provide permanent, sustainable support for our organization’s mission and help us achieve our dream of having at least one all-terrain outdoor wheelchair with a trailer available to use at no cost in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Our team at AAW saw how outdoor all-terrain wheelchairs gave our friends, family, and colleagues the freedom to access Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Organizations like Riveredge Nature Center (Saukville) and Beaver Creek Reserve (Falls Creek) serve as host locations, allowing AAW to extend their reach to the community.
the outdoors. They were able to quietly traverse unpaved, snowy, or muddy trails with ease, and with very little disruption to nature. But this incredible equipment comes at an incredible cost, one that is not feasible for most families. Imagine going hiking in your everyday shoes, high heels, or open-toed sandals. You would definitely need more substantial footwear to truly enjoy the experience. But now imagine a pair of hiking boots would cost you over $22,000 (roughly the cost to purchase an all-terrain wheelchair and trailer to tow it). How often would you be able to really experience the great outdoors? This is the barrier we seek to break down. More than 500,000 people with disabilities live in Wisconsin with nearly 6 million acres of public lands to explore. AAW has grown a lot, from our first chair in Dane County in 2014 to 20 chairs and trailers at 11 host locations around the state in 2021, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goals. Creating a world where the outdoors is accessible to all will benefit us all. Thank you for supporting our cause and telling your friends, family, and other organizations about this exciting new fund. Visit AccessAbilityWI.org to learn more or make a gift. BRIDGES/SUMMER 2021
Riveredge Nature Center
In Honor of Thomas Mowbray Charles Mowbray In Memory of Thomas Suddard Muench Jacqueline Thomas In Honor of G & G Nowak Michael Severa In Honor of Joe & Beth Panci Theodore May In Memory of Arlene Peterson Amy Gigstead In Memory of Robert Polar Laura Challoner Oak Park Place James Polar Dave Polar Margaret Polar Terri Rohde Bryan & Julane Ross In Honor of Rita & Everett Porter Rita Magno In Memory of Gloria Preston Lynn Preston In Honor of Elizabeth Price & Gerald Weber Nancy Price In Honor of Marsha Rea Susan & David McAlister In Memory of Reuben Reddeman Tami Strang In Memory of Dave Redell Mary Ann Baggs Kris & Thomas Kesselhon In Honor of Buck Rhode Glenn Chadwick In Honor of Julia & Katherine Rieckmann David & Dawn Rieckmann In Honor of Joseph R. Riske Corey Nelson In Honor of Ron Robertson Glennis Schuelke In Honor of Laura Roeth Deborah Yugo In Honor of Sammy & Kayla Alan Nass In Honor of Alison Sazama Graham Sazama In Memory of Tom Schank Melissa Anderson In Memory of Eric Anthony Schmitt Myranda Schmitt In Honor of Beverly Schwabe Dr. Michael & Edie Schwabe Susan Schwabe Thomas Schwabe & Ann Jesse-Schwabe In Honor of Carl Schwartz James Landers In Memory of Richard Seidl Dian Fellows In Honor of Joe Senulis Tia Kropf-Beringer In Honor of Eric Shackelford & Lisa Berg Jennifer Heskett In Honor of Sherry & Finn Mark Emery In Memory of John Spanberg James & Sharon Ross
In Honor of Ashley & Brandon Gries Skylar Primm In Memory of Don Groh Richard Lorang In Honor of Sherry Hackbart Katie Kieffer In Honor of Woody Hagge Perrin Hagge In Honor of the Hard-working Employees of the Wisconsin DNR Rebecca Belmont In Honor of Michelle Harmann Joshua Post In Honor of Laura Hauck Laura Hauck In Honor of Alan Holmes Connie Acheson In Honor of Signe Holtz Deborah Gillespie Seanna Holtz In Honor of Edward & Cindy Horzewski Catherine Horzewski In Honor of Carol Howard Holly Schneider In Honor of Jenna Hughes–20th Birthday Barbara Roeber & Larry Black In Honor of Chris Jennings William Schierl In Memory of James Allen Johnson Bradley Mueller In Honor of Joshua Kapfer Andrew Badje In Memory of Richard Klusmeier Ellen Klusmeier In Honor of Kent Knudsen Peter Knudsen In Memory of Jean Knudson Brian Donner In Honor of Theresa Kondzela Douglas Hosler In Memory of Ryan Lick Glenn Burns In Memory of My Pet Lizard J V B SASTRY Jayanty In Honor of Bill Luebke Mitch Lewandowski In Memory of Jackie Macaulay Stewart Macaulay In Memory of Peggie Post Mallery Cheryl Bowen In Honor of Sumner Matteson Catherine Ciarlette-Hansen In Honor of Glenn McMurray & Andrea Lee Katarina Harshbarger In Memory of Ian Meredith Amy Guzman In Memory of David Middleton LaVonne Middleton In Memory of Barry Mitchell Colleen Marsden & Holly Anderson In Memory of My Mom, who showed me the joy of the great outdoors Carla Hansen In Memory of Dale Morey Association of Retired Conservationists Peter & Sharon Peshek
In Honor of Jim Ames Alyssa Ames-Harnden In Memory of Chet Anderson Eloise Anderson In Memory of Norman C. Anderson Peggy Anderson In Memory of Brian Antony Paul & Pat Sharpe In Honor of Andrew Badje Caitlin Williamson In Memory of Tim Banwell Ruth Banwell In Memory of Ron Bekken Karen & Dale Haymann In Honor of Ed Bernthal Tom Bernthal In Memory of Buzz Besadny Barbara Roeber & Larry Black In Memory of the Blanding’s Turtle I saw on Mother’s Day Marc & Marilyn Thwaits In Memory of Erin Harvey Blasinski Alan & Diane Harvey Nancy Long In Memory of Paul Brandt Merle & Nancy Biggin Martha Kronholm In Memory of Cliff & Oscar Brynildson Inga Hagge In Memory of Irene Butalaff Catherine Heuer In Honor of Chris Christianson Cassie Kolstad In Honor of My Dad, Clyde Ann Watzka In Honor of Catherine Cram & Larry Zanoni Carol Gehl In Honor of Dennis & Jane Erica Svec In Honor of Debbie & Phil Dhein Jennifer Prill In Honor of Edward Dickinson Mary Smith In Honor of Emily Dufford Laura & Doug Dufford Richard Emmons Luthin In Honor of Anthony Earl Thomas & Joyce Hirsch In Honor of Frank Eckstein Earnest Kubick In Memory of David Eigsti Elizabeth Jonas In Memory of Wayne Elliott Karen & Dale Haymann In Honor of Nathan Fayram Richard & Elizabeth Fayram In Honor of Fiona Matthew Holdorf In Honor of Rosemary & Jerry Foy Colleen Foy Sterling In Honor of Brian Frett Monica Floyd In Memory of Ron Giles Rita Giles
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Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Safari
Journey from Florida’s Gulf coast down to the crown jewel of its natural kingdom: Everglades National Park. Enjoy beachfront accommodations, excursions by boat to look for marine and bird life, and hiking trails through oak hammock, cypress forest, and classic Florida swamp. Along the way, learn about wildlife rehabilitation, sea turtle and coral research, and the preservation of biological wealth at the federally-protected Everglades.
In a land built on fire, earthquakes, and extreme geological forces, the sheer beauty of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is simply unmatched. Discover Lamar Valley, “the Serengeti of North America,” as you search for bison, elk, longhorn sheep, grizzly bears, pronghorn, and wolves. Float down the Snake River to take in majestic views, and witness the mudpots, geysers, and hot springs of Yellowstone’s Lower Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots, and iconic Old Faithful.
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