Celebrating Powerful Pollinators In State Parks



Celebrating Powerful Pollinators In State Parks


The tiny hairs on a bee’s body help spread pollen around your garden and beyond. / Photo Credit: Jay Watson

We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but what can those flowers bring? Pollinators!

Pollinators are an essential part of our ecosystem and are slowly running out of habitat. Adding native plants to your garden this spring can help spread the love to all the powerful pollinators.

At the state park level, the Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Fund, managed by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, is fueling pollinator aid to help bring more of those tiny visitors to the state parks we love.

Learn more about prioritizing native plants in your garden and the efforts to protect pollinators in parks in the spring 2023 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.



Still Time For Field Trip Signup

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin offers something for everyone with its annual field trips program, and openings remain for exciting and educational outings.

Field trips offer many ways to get out and explore the great outdoors, guided by experts, including many from the Wisconsin DNR. Cost varies by trip.

Check the Natural Resources Foundation field trips webpage to learn more and register for a trip today.

Photo Credit: Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin




Rare Parasitic Plant Rediscovered In Dunes Near Lake Michigan

A trained volunteer for the Rare Plant Monitoring Program spotted the clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculata) in Manitowoc County, which has not been seen in over 44 years.

This discovery and others are featured in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program’s recently released 2022 Annual Report. Almost 15% of Wisconsin’s 2,366 native plant species are considered rare, meaning they are listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern.

More than 50 trained volunteers from around the state submitted over 220 reports of rare plants in 2022, including 42 populations in areas of Wisconsin where they have not been documented before.

Become A Rare Plant Monitor

Rare Plant Monitoring Program volunteers are trained in surveying techniques, including how to accurately estimate large plant populations, assess habitat conditions and use GPS coordinates to locate and mark rare plant populations. Plant identification training is not provided. Learvn how you can begin volunteering on the Rare Plant Monitoring Program webpage.

Photo Credit: Robbin Moran