Friends of the Arboretum Luncheon-Lectures are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center Auditorium. A buffet lunch is followed by an educational presentation. Individual Luncheon-Lectures are $35. Series purchases are no longer available as some lectures have sold out. You can download the 2018–19 Luncheon-Lectures registration form and mail it in with your payment.

Registration confirmation postcards will be sent via U.S. Postal Service or email. Reservations are transferrable. If you give your reservation to a friend, please call us at 571-5362 or email us and let us know the name of the attendee. Dietary needs can be accommodated with at least two weeks’ notice. Instead of giving your reservation away, you may cancel and request a refund at least two weeks ahead of the event. Even if you must cancel on short notice, please let us know. There may be someone on our waiting list who will be able to attend in your place.

2018–19 Friends of the Arboretum Luncheon-Lecture Series:
Local Lore and Global Wonders

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
When Did He Sleep? Aldo Leopold’s Arboretum Years, 1933 to 1948 – Frank Court

The UW–Madison Arboretum in the early years owed much to the vision and remarkably hard work of its first Director of Research, Aldo Leopold. But Leopold also owed much of his success, particularly as an environmental writer of distinction, to the milieu that he and the other founders, working in harmony, created at the Arboretum during those nascent years. Frank will discuss the connections. Frank is a retired English professor, enthusiastic Arboretum volunteer, and FOA board member.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A 1,000-Mile Through Run of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail: A Community Effort – Jason Dorgan

Many folks know Jason for his accomplishment of running 1,000 miles in 22+ days on the IANST in 2007, but the success would not have been achieved without a network of friends and family providing direct and tangential support. In addition, the run would not have been possible without the army of volunteers and visionaries that create, maintain and support the IANST. Come hear about the run, the trail and the volunteers that made it all happen.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Great Rainforest Spirit Bears – Jim Backus

SOLD OUT. The spirit bear, or Kermode, is a subspecies of the black bear. The only place in the world where it is found is in the Rainforest of British Columbia. Ten percent of the black bears in this area are actually white spirit bears. Because a recessive gene causes their white pelt, they can appear in a litter with brothers and sisters that are a different color. They are viewed with deep respect and admiration by the First Nation people. Jim will be sharing his incredible photos and stories about his many visits to see the spirit bears of British Columbia.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – SOLD OUT 
Wisconsin’s First Peoples – Sissel Schroeder

SOLD OUT. Sissel will provide an overview of what is known about the distribution of the first peoples in Wisconsin some 12,000 years ago based on geospatial analysis. Sissel is a UW Archeology professor and department chair.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Aliens of the Insect World: Are Parasitoids Good, Bad, or Just Ugly? – Karen Oberhauser

When we think of predators, we think of things like lions and tigers and bears. When we think of parasites, we think of things like tapeworms and lice. Parasitoids are halfway in-between. These interesting insects are key players in many natural food webs. Karen will start with a basic background on parasitoid biology, and then focus on her work with fly and wasp parasitoids of monarch butterflies. This research involved generations of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as citizen scientists throughout the U.S. Karen studied monarch butterflies and insect conservation for 35 years before moving to the UW–Madison and has been a strong proponent of involving as many people as possible in scientific research. Karen is the Director of UW–Madison Arboretum.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
From Rome to Wausau: Encounters with Birds in Myth, Poetry, and Art – Pat Freres Stinger

Birds play a significant role in Ancient Greek and Roman literature and myth, and in related works of art. These ancient stories of birds could be playful, romantic, or sometimes terrifying. Birds could be depicted as amusing companions, as messengers of the gods, or as ominous agents of Fate. From Rome we turn to present-day Wausau where the Leigh Yawkey Woodson museum’s annual Birds in Art exhibit offers its own auspicious encounters with birds. As we will see, Birds in Art, too, can be an agent of destiny, altering the course of a life.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Afield: Portraits of Wisconsin Naturalists, Empowering Leopold’s Legacy – Sumner Matteson

Sumner hopes to convey the wonder and insight that nature offers through observation, contemplation, and study and to encourage engagement with the natural world across our communities in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. A number of noted Wisconsin naturalists will be highlighted.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 — SOLD OUT
Wisconsin’s Twelve Owl Species – Sylvia Marek

SOLD OUT. Join us for a presentation about the twelve owl species found in Wisconsin and how to identify these elusive birds of prey. Discussion will include how owls use special adaptations to acquire food, where and when to find owls, their calls, and courtship behavior. The focus will be on the three owl species (great horned, barred, screech) that nest in the Arboretum. Sylvia is an Arboretum naturalist and instructor.

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Bear Research and Management in Wisconsin – David MacFarland

Wisconsin is home to one of the largest black bear populations in the lower 48. This population has grown dramatically and expanded into new areas of central and southern Wisconsin over the last 30 years. Come learn about the history of bears in the state, the scientific research conducted by the DNR and how it translates into management of this iconic species. David is a Wildlife Research Team Leader at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

This program will include a brunch buffet and the FOA annual meeting as well as the presentation on bear research and management in Wisconsin. This is a good opportunity to learn about Friends of the Arboretum and how our organization supports the Arboretum.