Happy Birthday Aldo


The "Shack" and Aldo's Prairie at The Aldo Leopold Foundation

The “Shack” at the Aldo Leopold Foundation near Barabo, Wisconsin.

January 11, 2019, Madison, WI–On this date in 1887 Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa.

Because of that event not so long ago, today is a day of celebration, and remembrance for the fans, friends and family of Aldo Leopold.  Today is also a time for reflection on Leopold’s message and for a consideration of how far society has come–if at all–towards fulfilling his dream of living the land ethic, his call for a moral responsibility to treat the natural world with love and respect, rather than as a commodity.

Leopold is revered here in Wisconsin, as well as his home state of Iowa, and around the world.  Leopold is renowned for his landmark book “A Sand County Almanac”; remembered as a founding father of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum; and widely regarded as the “father of wildlife ecology and the United States Wilderness system . . .” (The Aldo Leopold Foundation)

The "Shack" and Aldo's Prairie at The Aldo Leopold Foundation

Aldo Leopold’s Prairie adjacent to Leopold’s Shack at the Aldo Leopold Foundation near Barabo, Wisconsin.

One thing we can do to celebrate Aldo’s birthday and life’s work is to re-read A Sand County Almanac, or visit the Aldo Leopold Foundation, or hike in the Arboretum, as we think about how he urged humanity to care for the Earth.

 

About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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