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 2017–18 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.

2017–18 Friends of the Arboretum Luncheon-Lecture Series:
Local Lore and World Wonders

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Arboretum’s “Lost City” – Kathy Miner

One hundred years ago, developers Chandler “Bernie” Chapman and Leonard Gay were busy laying plans for a deluxe residential subdivision between Lake Wingra and Fish Hatchery Road. Their “Venice of the Midwest” was going to incorporate the best of what city planning had to offer, plus natural glories accessible to everyone. Learn why that didn’t work out, and how the land became part of today’s Arboretum; see how nature is gradually reclaiming the area, and hear about a very recent discovery! Kathy guides the annual “Lost City” tour, and has taught a class on the subject. She has teased out a few of the secrets of Lake Forest, and she loves to share them.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – SOLD OUT
Remembering Rachel – Bette Duff

SOLD OUT – In 1958, Bette Duff had a memorable summer job between her junior and senior year of college. She was a research assistant to Rachel Carson, who was gathering information for her upcoming book about the dangers of pesticides, Silent Spring. After graduation, Bette kept in touch with Rachel, and worked briefly for her again in 1960. She remembers examples of the quiet yet determined way the author faced both personal and professional challenges. Bette enjoys speaking to groups about her memories of Rachel, especially people who love nature. She finds that many people in the groups contribute new insights and information about the effects of Silent Spring as it has touched their own lives and work.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – SOLD OUT
The Great Mammal Migration of East Africa – Thomas H. Nicholls

SOLD OUT – Take a photographic journey through the Circle of Life among landscapes as diverse and pristine as they were thousands of years ago, while visiting the home of the largest populations of big cats, the greatest herds of hoofed animals, and the most concentrated areas of wildlife in the world. Tom will take you on safari to the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in Tanzania and Kenya to experience the greatest land animal migration on earth along with an impressive diversity of animals that include African wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, jackal, hippopotamus, baboon, and many more. Tom has led 18 trips to Africa. He is co-director, along with his wife, Mary Lou, of a privately-owned nature education center in Fifield, Wis.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Birds of the Arboretum: Spring Migration and Citizen Science – Chuck Henrikson

SOLD OUT – In the depths of winter, we look forward to spring and the return of birds to the Arboretum. There are not many resident bird species in the Arboretum in the winter months, but during spring migration the number of bird species jumps dramatically. Some of the new arrivals stay all summer while others pass through heading north to find appropriate habitats for both food and reproductive success. Who are these migrants, where did they live in the winter, and what is their final destination? Chuck will explore a variety of examples. He will also describe some of his experiences with eBird, a website that allows citizen scientists around the world to identify and count the birds they see and contribute their information to a single database.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Birds, Frogs, and Workers: Wildlife in the Coffee Fields of Southern India – Paul Robbins

The trees of the Southern Ghats of India are teeming with life, including rare, endemic bird species and magnificent but endangered amphibians. Remarkably, this wildlife thrives amidst areas of intense economic production, including coffee plantations, rubber farms, and arecanut agriculture. Learn how people and wildlife co-exist in southern India, where patchworks of protected areas, settlements, and agriculture create a complex mosaic that supports biodiversity. Presenter Paul Robbins, Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, will review his current collaborative research with researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and show how threats to conservation can be overcome in some of the most densely settled forests in the world.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – SOLD OUT
Wisconsin’s Glacial Landscapes – David M. Mickelson

SOLD OUT – Learn how Wisconsin’s landscape came to be what it is today. At times in the past, glaciers have covered more than two thirds of Wisconsin, and the area covered by the last glaciation exhibits excellent examples of glacial topography. Wisconsin was chosen as the location of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Ice National Age Scientific Reserve mostly for that reason. Dave will explain the formation of moraines, kettles, outwash plains, lake plains, drumlins, eskers, and tunnel channels using slides from modern glaciers as well as many photos and maps from Wisconsin. Dave is the co-author of Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, published in 2011 by UW Press, and author of Landscapes of Dane County, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Reflections on Jens Jensen – William Tishler

During his long career, Danish-born visionary Jens Jensen (1860–1951) became internationally prominent for designing landscapes throughout the Midwest and beyond, for his contributions to the American conservation movement, and for his philosophy emphasizing the significance of nature in people’s lives. Tishler will recount Jensen’s life and accomplishments by revisiting the archived images, writings, and media recordings that were used to create the award-winning documentary film Jens Jensen: A Natural History. William is a media specialist at UW–Madison.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Longenecker Lilacs: History, Lore, Culture and Color – David Stevens

With a wide array of species worldwide and countless hybrids, lilacs offer a plethora of color, form and fragrance. The Longenecker Horticultural Garden’s lilac collection has become one of the UW–Madison Arboretum’s signature plantings, attracting thousands of spring visitors each year. For many Madisonians, Mother’s Day would not be the same without a stroll through the collection. David Stevens, Garden curator, will explore the lilac’s amazing history and biology and some of the fascinating stories behind their development. David received his master’s degree in horticulture from UW–Madison and is the 3rd curator of the collection since its inception in 1935. Prior to coming to the Arboretum, he spent nearly 14 years breeding and selecting native tree species.

Saturday, June 2, 2018,  9–11:30 a.m.
Restoring Human-Land Relationships through Restoration-based Education – Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong and Maria Moreno

Earth Partnership (EP) is an outgrowth of the UW-Madison Arboretum and its mission to inspire ecological restoration based on Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Since 1991, Earth Partnership has generated collaborations with a wide range of conservation organizations, agencies and educational institutions to build the capacity of students, educators, and communities to restore native habitat on schoolyards and natural areas. Join Earth Partnership for an inspirational talk about what they have learned along the way, from sowing the first seeds of Earth Partnership at Aldo Leopold Elementary School in Madison to the development of Indigenous Arts and Sciences, Latino Earth Partnership, and Global Earth Partnership initiatives. As one nine-year-old participant explained: “The habitat in the world is getting less and less; by planting one tiny seed we can help the world.”

This program will include a brunch buffet and the FOA annual meeting as well as the presentation on Earth Partnership. This is a good opportunity to learn about changes in the Friends of the Arboretum structure and how our organization supports the Arboretum.