Jan. 3:
Land Stewardship Intern applications due

Jan. 8:
Woodland School Wildlife Management Planning

The Woodland School

In the coming year, we are offering an array of Woodland School classes to advance your land stewardship practice, from the classics—chainsaw safety, prescribed fire—to new opportunities like birding the Leopold Memorial Reserve with experts. We hope you'll let one pique your curiosity and join us in the field!

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Visiting the Leopold Center

The Leopold Center began winter hours on Nov. 1. Open hours will be Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm until April 25, 2011.


The Outlook e-Newsletter

November 2010

Visiting Scholar from Turkey Expands Leopold's Legacy through New Translation

Turkish scholar Ufuk Ozdag, a professor of literature at Hacettepe University in Ankara, has been inspired by Aldo Leopold's legacy. Already having published a book of scholarship in Turkish on the importance of Leopold's writing, Ozdag is now embarking on an even bigger project: bringing Leopold's writing to the Turkish people by translating A Sand County Almanac. To support her in this effort, the ALF hosted Ozdag as a visiting scholar to the Leopold Center for a month this fall. During her stay, Ozdag was able to experience firsthand the landscape that inspired Leopold and tap into the knowledge and experience of ALF staff, senior fellows, and Leopold family members to inform her translation. We appreciate her dedication to spreading Leopold's ideas to an international community. Thank you, Ufuk!

Special Learning Experience with Mount St. Helens Staff

The Leopold Center recently played host to two staff members from Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Peter Frenzen (Monument Scientist at Mount St. Helens) and Todd Cullings (Assistant Director of Johnston Ridge Visitor Center). On Monday November 9th, foundation staff gave Peter and Todd a comprehensive site tour, sharing ideas on how the Leopold Center currently accommodates visitation and getting Todd and Peter's feedback on ways it can expand and improve the on-site experience in the future. On Tuesday, Peter and Todd gave a day-long workshop called "Message-Based Interpretation," which foundation staff opened up to education colleagues from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, and the International Crane Foundation. It was an excellent two days of learning by all. Many thanks to Estella Leopold for making the connection with Todd and Peter on a trip to the monument this summer, and bringing them out to share their knowledge in Wisconsin!

Art Day 2010 Explores Nature Through Art

Saturday, October 30th, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

On October 30, the Aldo Leopold Foundation welcomed over 250 people for our third annual Art Day at the Leopold Center. Artists and artisans chatted with visitors throughout the day about their own craft, inspiration, and connection to the land. They also engaged guests in a variety of interactive art activities, from watercolor painting to learning to think like a photographer. It was a wonderful day to explore the connection between people and the natural world through art! View photos of the day on our Facebook page. If you didn't get a chance to join us this year, mark your calendar for October 29, 2011!

Art Day was supported by a grant from the UW-Extension Arts and Culture Committee and our local sponsors: Don Larson Automotive, Don-Rick Insurance, and Foresite Software. Thank you!

Meet Our New Land Ethic Leaders!

A new class of Land Ethic Leaders completed the training program last weekend! During the next year, they will be going out and leading events in their home communities to get people talking about a land ethic for today. We look forward to continuing our work with each of them! Meet them and learn more about the program on our website.

Student Arborists Volunteer Time to Protect Shack

On Saturday, Oct. 23rd, six students from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Student Society of Arboriculture removed several hazard trees surrounding the Leopold Shack. The SSA caters to students interested in the proper care of trees in an urban environment. Because of several trees that they cut were threatening the safety of the Shack, the site provided a perfect setting for the students to gain technical experience in proper tree care. We would like to thank them for their volunteered time and expertise. Their work has indeed helped to keep our National Historic Landmark safe!

Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes Make Themselves at Home on the Leopold-Pine Island IBA

The Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area is living up to its name. This trio of endangered whooping cranes paid a visit to the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Baraboo River Waterfowl Production Area, a partner in the IBA. Jim Lutes, USFWS Biologist, photographed these birds during one of their repeated visits to the IBA noting, "they spent several hours over a period of days foraging in the mudflats in the wetland. It was a very special indicator of our success in providing habitat." In addition, thousands of sandhill cranes continue to use the IBA for staging prior to migration. The sandbars and islands (many privately owned) in the Wisconsin River throughout the IBA provide predator protection for these attention-getting congregations of cranes. Phill and Joan Pines' property provides some of these most spectacular crane viewing and is the most popular field trip offering of the season. Priscilla Arsove, a field trip participant this year, shared her excitement, "The Crane Congregations trip was AMAZING! It was such an incredible treat to see and hear so many of these spectacular birds in a beautiful, undisturbed setting. WOW!!!"

Now Hiring Land Stewardship Interns!

Want to work for the foundation or know somebody who does? We are now hiring for two land stewardship intern positions. Interns work closely with staff ecologist Steve Swenson and stewardship coordinator Alanna Koshollek on all land management activities on the Leopold Memorial Reserve. Work may include invasive species control and monitoring, prescribed burning, prairie restoration, and forestry practices. Visit the internship page on our website to learn more about the position, how to apply and frequently asked questions. Applications are due January 3.

Notes from the Field

The Stewardship Crew at the Leopold Foundation is taking in the wonderful autumn air while transecting the property for a recent invader called Japanese Hedge Parsley (JHP). The crew typically controls this plant in the summer during late June and early July through chemical and mechanical methods, see the 2010 JHP Report and the JHP Treatment Options Sheet for more details. However the fall is also an excellent time to control this ever-green plant. The plant will be controlled this fall through chemical application using glyphosate at 2% solution (2 oz concentrate/gallon of water) to the foliage on days when the temperature is above freezing. If you are out hunting next week or just enjoy walking through your woods in the fall, this is a great time of year to detect these plants on your property!

2011 Phenology Calendars Coming Soon!

Once again, we are delighted to bring you the Wisconsin Wildlife Phenology Calendar! It incorporates Aldo Leopold and Nina Leopold Bradley's average dates for phenological events in Wisconsin, paired with stunning wildlife photography. We expect to receive calendars in early to mid-December, so check our website soon for order information! Please allow several weeks for delivery (calendars are not guaranteed to arrive in time for the holidays). If you're a member we'll give you one free copy if you stop in and visit us (check our website bookstore first to see if calendars have arrived).

Won't You Be Our Neighbor?

Looking to buy a house? We're seeking a new neighbor! A three bedroom house on two wooded acres is for sale just behind the Leopold Center. The property abuts lands that are part of the Leopold Memorial Reserve and owned by the Aldo Leopold Foundation. The area is full of wildlife--join us out here and see deer, foxes, and many birds on a daily basis! See the whole listing.