Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11th is Aldo Leopold's birthday

January 11th marks the 123rd birthday of the conservationist and naturalist, Aldo Leopold. As UW Digital Collections notes in the introduction to his archives, "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, esthetics, 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. The Leopold Collection houses the raw materials that document not only Leopold's rise to prominence but the history of conservation and the emergence of the field of ecology from the early 1900s until his death in 1948."

In honor of his legacy, AquaLog encourages you to read some of this incredible writings, visit his digital archive or take a moment to think about some of his incredible contributions to our earth.

Follow this link to visit the Aldo Leopold Archives.

Read a book by or about him (all area available for checkout from the Water Library):

Aldo Leopold : protector of the wild / by Della Yannuzzi. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 2002.

Aldo Leopold's odyssey / by Julianne Lutz Newton. Washington : Island Press/Shearwater Books, c2006.

Correction lines : essays on land, Leopold, and conservation / Curt Meine. Washington, DC : Island Press, c2004.

The river of the mother of God and other essays / by Aldo Leopold ; edited by Susan L. Flader and J. Baird Callicott. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c1991.

Read more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation.