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Happy Birthday Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold was born in Iowa, on January 11, 1887.

Life

Aldo Leopold was born in Iowa, on January 11, 1887. He was the oldest of four children.

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He began his life as a Naturalist and outdoorsman at an early age. Leopold attended forestry school at Yale and started his work for the U.S. Forestry Service (USFS) in 1909.

He is credited with developing USFS’s first management plan for the Grand Canyon and its first fish and game handbook.

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal.”
― Aldo Leopold

A Sand County Almanac

Leopold is known for his book, “A Sand County Almanac“, published posthumously in 1949.

Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm

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In the book he writes about his experiences, trials, and tribulation, on 80 acres of former farmland in Wisconsin.

American Woodcock. Image Credit: WikiCommon License CC 2.0.

Despite being published in 1949, the work is still relevant today. With essays such as “Land Ethic” and his musings on Chickadees (as well as other wildlife), there is something within the pages for every reader.

Though you might be environmentally-minded and in touch with the wilderness, I promise, after reading “A Sand County Almanac” you will notice an added benefit to your own experiences in the wild.

While reading it, you’ll feel joy at having shared experiences spanning across decades with the author. There’s nothing exotic to it. It takes place in backyard-America and it’s very accessible.

Striped Skunk. Image Credit: WikiCommon License CC 2.0.

The whiff of a skunk will seem different to you, dreams of a Woodcock’s mating ritual will dance in your head, and you’ll consider Leopold’s concern for improper land management — nearly 70 years ago — and compare it with today.

Below: footage of an American Woodcock by Bill Hubick. Check out the Maryland Biodiversity Project here.

“Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.”
― Aldo Leopold

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Leopold died in 1948. Although, he is gone, his legacy continues. The skunks, birds, and land concerns we wrote about all those decades ago, still exist today.

All one needs to do is go outside.

Resources

AldoLeopold.Org

Wikipedia

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