March 29-30:
Woodland School: Intro to Prescribed Burning

April 16:
Leopold Center begins summer hours

April 20:
Public TV premiere of Green Fire

April 21:
Build Trails at Leopold Center

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The Outlook e-Newsletter

March 2012

Obama Quotes Aldo Leopold

On what we in Wisconsin recognize as Aldo Leopold Weekend (the first weekend in March), President Obama addressed the White House Conference on Conservation. Near the beginning of his remarks, he invoked Leopold, saying, "The great Aldo Leopold once said that 'conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution.'" The quote comes from Leopold's 1939 essay, "The Farmer as a Conservationist," which, coincidentally, will appear in the next issue of our member magazine, The Leopold Outlook. Read the president's entire remarks or watch the video.

Obama is not the first president to be impressed with Leopold's thinking. Read the letter that Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Leopold in 1917 praising his work on Game Protective Associations in New Mexico.

Green Fire Makes its Public Television Debut!

Thanks to a successful challenge grant from our board members Tom Boldt, Susan Flader, and Estella Leopold at the close of last year, Green Fire will make its public television debut on Wisconsin Public Television for Earth Day 2012!

Our goal is to get the film on public television stations across the country, but we have more work and fundraising yet to do. If you have an inside connection at your public television station and would like to help, please send us a message!

Watch Green Fire on Wisconsin Public Television at the following times:

Friday, April 20 at 8pm on WPT
Sunday, April 22 at 2pm on The Wisconsin Channel
Tuesday, April 24 at 11pm on WPT

Are you a Wisconsin classroom teacher? We have two exciting options for you: First, you can assign watching the film to your class and use our discussion questions to discuss it with your students. Second, if you watch Green Fire at one of these times and then fill out an online survey about how you would use the film with your students, we'll randomly select a hundred respondents to receive a free copy of the DVD for use in their classroom. The survey will be open through May 11. Contact Jennifer Kobylecky for more information.

Reading at Mia Casita. This picture of a gentleman reading A Sand County Almanac on the steps of Aldo Leopold's house in northern New Mexico is one of the fine photos submitted for our Aldo Leopold Weekend photo contest. The contest runs until the end of March and you can vote daily! Check out the other entries and cast your vote on our Facebook page.

Colors of Nature on the Air

Need a dose of Wisconsin Book Festival mid-year? Watch our event from last year online! Each year, the Aldo Leopold Foundation partners with the festival to bring authors to Wisconsin who write about their relationship to the natural world, and last fall Wisconsin Public Television taped the event. The recording will air on University Place, on the Wisconsin Channel, Tuesday, April 3 at 3:45 p.m., or you can watch it online right now! Listen to readings and discussion with authors Lauret Savoy, Kim Blaeser, Maria Melendez, and Debra Kang Dean whose writing was featured in the Colors of Nature anthology. The provocative essays in the book exist at the intersection of cultural identity and ecological awareness, featuring work from more than thirty contributors of widely diverse backgrounds. Their distinctive voices weave very different experiences of place to create a larger and more textured cloth than the largely monochromatic tradition of American nature writing or of the mainstream environmental movement. Watch the readings, then order the book from Milkweed Editions.

Land Ethic Leader Connects Church Group to the Land Community

Albuquerque-based Land Ethic Leader Nancy Carrillo (on left in the picture) used what she learned at our workshop to sponsor a training on behalf of her church's environmental committee. She and her husband held a 3-1/2 hour Land Ethic Training at the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque to connect members to the natural world around them. The workshop started with a 10-minute observation activity outside in the church's small NWF-certified wildlife habitat, followed by a short reading and brief discussion of their observations. Next, the group discussed identifying the common bird species in the area and some of the pros and cons of feeding birds. Participants made simple bird feeders using bagels, peanut butter, and several varieties of seeds. The group then did a circle reading and discussion using a piece about the Gaia Hypothesis. They finished the evening by watching Green Fire while eating supper together and discussed the film afterward. "Land Ethic is taking care of the planet," one of Nancy's participants reflected after the session, "but it can be doable for each one of us with whatever we have, our homes, our yards, any piece we can have." Nancy also showed Green Fire at a potluck event at the church and helped to bring in a speaker to talk about Aldo Leopold's thinking on predator control.

Nancy was part of the first Land Ethic Leaders workshop that we held on the road--in Albuquerque last summer. You can be part of our next off-site workshop: Come to California with us in June and explore the legacy of two of Aldo Leopold's sons at Sagehen Creek Field Station high in the Northern Sierra! Register today!

Help us Build Trails at the Leopold Center!

Looking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day? On Saturday, April 21st, come out to the Leopold Center and help work on our new trails! We are working to put in some brand new trails for visitors and members to use for the upcoming visitor season. We will be cutting brush, preparing phenology plots, and more! Eventually the trails will also have interpretive signs to tell visitors more about what we do and the surrounding landscape. Our work day will be from 9am-12pm with lunch provided and the opportunity for folks to tour the Leopold Shack and Farm afterwards. Come join the fun! Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 18th to Education Assistant Anna Hawley at 608.355.0279, ext. 28, to let us know your attending.

Burn, Baby, Burn!

Native prairie plants like it hot! These species are specifically adapted to respond to periodic burning, similar to what they would have experienced in springtime on the pre-European-settlement landscape. Help the prairie plants in your neighborhood by lighting them on fire--and learn to do it right from us! There are still a few openings in our two-day Introduction to Prescribed Fire class, which goes in-depth and hands-on to fully prepare you to serve as part of a burn crew. If you just want to get out in the field and see what burning is all about, you can also sign up to volunteer with our burn crew for a day.

Save the Date for Family Day

Mark your calendars for our third annual Family Day event at the Leopold Center! This is a free, family-friendly event, featuring hands-on activities for kids and families, including games, writing activities, nature crafts, exhibits and displays on ways to live lightly on the land, Shack tours just for kids, and more! Family Day will run 12-4pm on Saturday, May 19--bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun. More details to come in next month's e-newsletter!

If you would have a nature-related, family-friendly activity that you would like to offer as part of Family Day, we are still seeking activity leaders. Please contact Education Assistant Anna Hawley at 608.355.0279, ext. 28, with your idea!

Thank you to our Family Day sponsor, Teel Plastics, Inc.

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