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Thomas D. Mangelsen, a world-renowned nature photographer whose 40-year career includes documentaries on sandhill and whooping cranes, will be the featured speaker at the annual Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Days observation in La Crosse.
7:00 p.m., Mangelsen will speak in Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.
Since 2004, Wisconsin has designated the first weekend in March as a time to honor Leopold and his conservation legacy. Leopold, the author of The Sand County Almanac, is considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system.
Richard Kyte, director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics and Leadership, which is sponsoring the Mangelsen talk as part of its lecture series, said that Mangelsen’s experience photographing Earth’s wild places make him uniquely qualified to explain the power of photography in conservation.
As part of the Leopold event and in keeping with the photography theme of the event this year, the Friends of the La Crosse River Marsh will select photographs submitted to its Facebook group page to create a photo montage to be shown prior to Mangelsen’s presentation.
This event is part of La Crosse’s Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Days Observation, a special series of events hosted in collaboration between representatives of many of the city’s local conservation organizations.