The first weekend of March is officially Aldo Leopold Weekend in Wisconsin making this weekend, March 4th – 6th, this year’s official celebration. However, many communities throughout the United States celebrate Aldo Leopold’s legacy at various times during the month. If you don’t have time to take in some of the planned activities for these celebrations, you might consider taking some time to sit and re-read some of the passages from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. In his March chapter entitled “The Geese Return,” Leopold talks about the first sightings of the honking geese and their “wild poem” which drops from the sky. We’ve been hearing their poem already. Have you?
You might also locate a screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time near you.
When I teach conservation at the Outagamie Conservation Club Hunter Safety classes, I introduce Aldo Leopold at the Father of Wild life Management. The following taken from the UW-Madison Digital Collections-The Aldo Leopold Archives is a good description of his legacy: Aldo Leopold is considered by many to have been the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th Century. Leopold’s legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, private land management, environmental history, literature, education, easthetics, and ethics. He is most widely known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, one of the most beloved and respected books about the environment ever published.