August 17: Brown Bag Lecture: Stan Temple

August 18: Leopold Center Trails Open

August 19: Green Fire on Wisconsin Public Television

September 15: Woodland School:Chainsaw Safety II

September 19: Erica Wheeler Concert

September 20: Scott Russell Sanders Lecture

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The Outlook e-Newsletter

August 2012

Hike With Us This Weekend!

What a great weekend for a hike!
Join us in celebrating the grand opening of our new trail system this Saturday at the Leopold Center. A guided birding hike led by Mike Mossman will meet at 7:00am this Saturday, August 18th for those interested in hiking the trails with an expert (Please RSVP). Mike is an ecologist for the Wisconsin DNR and has played a key role in surveying the birds on the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird area. The trail system is now open for hikers to explore at their own pace also. Stop by anytime we are open and ask for a trail map to head out and explore! We are still working on fabricating interpretive signage along the trail, but signs should be installed by this fall. The new trail system was funded with grants from the Sauk County UW-Extension Arts & Culture Committee, the Natural Resources Foundation's Besadny Grant Program, and the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation. Thank you!

Another guided birding hike on the Leopold Memorial Reserve will be offered in October through the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo Sauk County's Continuing Education program. Click here for more information and to register.

Partnership with Forest Service Sponsors Writer

What better use of Leopold's cabin in the Carson National Forest than as a site for a writer-in-residence program? Thanks to a partnership between the US Forest Service, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Land Library, "Mia Casita" has just hosted its first writer! The cabin, designed and built by Leopold in 1912, is owned by the Forest Service and was extensively restored several years ago. Its remote location in tiny Tres Piedras, New Mexico, surrounded by scenic vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offers a truly inspiring retreat. The first Writer in Residence was Courtney White, co-founder of the Quivira Coalition. He spent his residency working on a new book about carbon ranching--the sequestration potential of rangelands--and recorded notes about his experiences at Mia Casita in his blog.

Jim Pfitzer played Aldo Leopold in his one-man stage show, "Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change" at the Leopold Center last week.

Brown Bag Lecture This Friday: Stan Temple

Stan TempleAldo Leopold, Phenology, and Climate Change

Friday, August 17, 12-1:30pm

Bring a bag lunch and join Dr. Stan Temple as he explores what we can learn from Aldo Leopold's meticulous phenological observations. Leopold kept an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Comparing his observations of hundreds of natural events to recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community. Dr. Temple is a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Want to see the talk but can't make it to the center on Friday? We will be recording this brown bag lecture to share it online. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when Stan's talk is available to view!

New Land Ethic Leaders Workshop Added!

Last week, twenty-one new people became Land Ethic Leaders! You can be a Land Ethic Leader, too! Learn to use observation, participation, and reflection as a systematic method to explore and deepen your own land ethic in relationship to the land ethic of others. This flexible framework is also a powerful tool to take back to your existing programs and activities, helping reconnect people with the natural world in deeper ways. Join us this October or next summer for our Land Ethic Leaders program. We even have some scholarships available: for Wisconsin residents from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and for students ages 16-25 from the National Conservation Training Center. Thank you!

September 21-22:
Leopold Center, Baraboo, WI (FULL!)
October 18-19: Leopold Center, Baraboo, WI
February 2013, dates TBD: Albuquerque, NM
August 8-9, 2013: Leopold Center, Baraboo, WI

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Mark Your Calendar for September Events

Erica WheelerErica Wheeler in Concert

Wed., Sept. 19,6pm, Free! Come at 5pm for a potluck!

Erica Wheeler is an educator, speaker and award-winning singer/songwriter with a background in environmental studies. She is known for songs that are deeply rooted in a 'sense of place.' Erica offers entertaining and educational programs that enrich lives and inspire stewardship. Her latest CD "Good Summer Rain" was sponsored in part by the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization. Her early aspiration to become a wildlife field biologist was inspired by the writings of Aldo Leopold. 

Scott Russell SandersImagining Nature: Writing about Life on Earth

Thurs., Sept. 20, 6pm, Free! Come at 5pm for a potluck!

How do we form our ideas about nature? How do those ideas influence the way we experience and treat the greater-than-human world? In this presentation, renowned author Scott Russell Sanders will read selections from his books illustrating how his own understanding of nature was formed—through the influence of parents and teachers, through reading, and through his direct contacts with nature. And he will speak about how writing might help us to envision a way of life that meets human needs while honoring and protecting Earth.

Thank You to Our Summer Interns!

We want to say thank you to all our summer interns and dedicated volunteers for all you have done to improve the health of the land around the Leopold Center and Shack.  From trail maintenance to invasive species to chainsaw training and wetland restoration it was a whirlwind of activities; all successful because of your enthusiasm and commitment to conservation. Sam, Jonathan, Brian, Brigid, Ian, and Cooper we sure appreciate your hard work and dedication. Best wishes in your future endeavors!

2012 Phenology Setting Records

2012 has already been a record-setting year, and we're not talking about the Olympics!  Out of the 185 phenological events collected around the Leopold Memorial Reserve so far this year, 106 have either broken or tied our previous records for the earliest date recorded--and our records go back to 1935!  Aldo was a life-long observer of various annual events and he kept meticulous records of the items he tracked; including during his time at the Shack.  When Nina and Charlie Bradley permanently relocated to the area in 1976 they continued the tradition of keeping phenology records--a tradition the Aldo Leopold Foundation still continues. 

Dates are collected annually on a variety of seasonal events, including the first arrivals of migrating birds, the first blooms of wildflowers, and the first songs of a various frog species.  Over 220 events are tracked and recorded in total.  These records can then be analyzed to help us form ideas about the response of a certain species to seasonal changes, or it can also show the overall trends in the phenology data over time.  Without drawing any conclusions out of the data yet, we can say with certainty that 2012 has been a highly unusual year! Learn more about the Leopold Phenology project and how you can start keeping your own records on our website.

Catch Green Fire on Wisconsin Public Television

Green Fire will show again on Wisconsin Public Television. If you haven't seen it yet, tune in on August 19! Green Fire will show as part of WPT's pledge drive and Dr. Curt Meine, Leopold's biographer, will appear live in the studio during breaks to talk about the project.