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Who Was Aldo Leopold?

"Keeping records enhances the pleasures of the search
and also the chance of finding meaning in these events."

-Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold
Just like Nature Nuts, Aldo Leopold made important observations of nature and recorded them. He was a world-famous phenologist who made his home in Southern Wisconsin. He and his family kept records of their observations of nature as a family activity.

Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) wrote about how people can live in harmony with the land. He was more than just a writer, though. He was also a scientist, teacher, and philosopher. Leopold wrote a book called A Sand County Almanac.

This is a collection of essays written about experiences on his family’s land in Baraboo, Wisconsin. In it, Leopold emphasized the value of "land" - soil, water, air, wildlife and plants - to our everyday lives.
The roots of Leopold's concept of a "land ethic" can be traced to his birthplace on the bluffs of the Mississippi River near Burlington, Iowa. As a youngster, he spent countless hours on adventures in the woods, prairies, and river backwaters of a then relatively wild Iowa.

Leopold studied forestry at Yale, then worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1928, he began working for the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He wrote a book called Game Management which was the first book of its kind.
The Shack Leopold's gift for communicating scientific concepts was only equal to his fervor for putting theories into practice. In 1935, the Leopold family purchased a worn-out farm near Baraboo, in an area known as the sand counties. It is here Leopold put into action his beliefs that the same tools people used to disrupt the landscape could also be used to rebuild it. An old chicken coop, fondly known as the Shack, served as a haven and land laboratory for the Leopold family, friends, and graduate students. And it was here Leopold visualized many of the essays of what was to become his most influential work, A Sand County Almanac.


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