12th-Annual Madison Reads Leopold

Saturday, March 4, 2017

“Such a treat to hear one of my favorite books read aloud to me!” — Visitor

Madison Reads Leopold is a community read-aloud celebrating the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. The event features a diverse lineup of celebrities and citizens sharing Leopold’s eloquence and wisdom from A Sand County Almanac and other works.

The Arboretum will host the 12th-annual free public reading on March 4, 2017, in the Visitor Center, from 9:30 a.m. until about 3:45 p.m. Visitors can drop in to hear favorite essays or stay for the day.

First published in 1948, A Sand County Almanac has prompted generations of people to take better notice—and care—of the natural environment. Aldo Leopold was the first research director at the Arboretum and was closely involved in its design.

Madison Reads Leopold is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available in the Visitor Center lobby. Brown-bagging is permitted but food must remain in the Visitor Center.

Madison Reads Leopold is a community celebration organized for Aldo Leopold Weekend, sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Also for Leopold Weekend, on Sunday, March 5, come on a naturalist-led tour “Walking in Leopold’s Footsteps,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“What a wonderful event to be part of every year to honor Leopold, and to start to know our ecological community. Thank you for this tradition!” — Reader

Reading schedule times and essays are listed below; readers will be added soon. Times are approximate, please arrive at least 10 minutes early for a particular essay.

9:30 – Welcome – Kathy Miner, naturalist, Arboretum

9:32 – Foreword – Mark Miller, Wisconsin state senator

9:40 – January Thaw – Dave Cieslewicz, citizen of Madison

9:47 – Good Oak I – Eric Liljequist, retired teacher, Aldo Leopold School, and Kathleen Liljequist, retired teacher and nature lover

9:59 – Good Oak II – Nick Utphall, pastor, Advent Lutheran of Madison Christian Community

10:10 – The Geese Return – Ron Seely, senior lecturer, life sciences communication, UW–Madison; editor, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

10:17 – Come High Water – Oscar Mireles, executive director, Omega School

10:23 – Draba – Charlotte Johnston, writer and editor

10:26 – Bur Oak – Gail Martinelli, environmentalist

10:32 – Sky Dance – Tim Eisele, freelance outdoor writer and photographer

10:45 – Back from the Argentine – Chuck Pils, The Wildlife Society; retired, WI DNR

10:49 – The Alder Fork – Philip Bernhardt, outdoor enthusiast

10:53 – Great Possessions – Catherine Jagoe, writer and translator

11:01 – Prairie Birthday – Jim Fleming, host, Wisconsin Public Radio

11:11 – The Green Pasture – Patricia Freres Stinger, volunteer steward, Arboretum

11:17 – The Choral Copse – Sylvia Adrian, oblate, Holy Wisdom Monastery

11:22 – Smoky Gold – Levi Wood, naturalist, Arboretum

11:30 – Too Early – Hildy Feen, Friends of the Arboretum member

11:34 – Red Lanterns – David Stevens, curator, Longenecker Horticultural Gardens

11:42 – If I Were the Wind – Martha Frey, Arboretum neighbor

11:44 – Axe-in-Hand I – Stu Levitan, historian and radio host

11:51 – Axe-in-Hand II – James P. Roberts, August Derleth Society

11:58 – A Mighty Fortress – Rebecca Wallace, public affairs specialist, U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

12:06 – Home Range – Riley Lenoch, UW–Madison student, wildlife ecology

12:12 – Pines Above the Snow I – Melanie Crawford, community member

12:17 – Pines Above the Snow II – Joe Goss, business analyst, UW–Madison

12:22 – 65290 – Madelyn Leopold, granddaughter of Aldo Leopold, and Liam Tsao, student, West High School

12:30 – break

1:05 – What is the Arboretum? (Leopold’s address given at the Arboretum’s dedication in 1934) – Donna Paulnock, interim director, Arboretum

1:10 – Letter to a Wildflower Digger – Jim Fitzgibbon, naturalist, Arboretum

1:15 – Marshland Elegy I – Jon Becker, founder, E-art-H Earth/Art Resources

1:20 – Marshland Elegy II – Matt Blessing, state archivist and administrator, Wisconsin Historical Society

1:26 – The Sand Counties – Estelle Katz, naturalist, Madison School Forest

1:33 – Odyssey I – Tom Pearce, naturalist, Arboretum

1:38 – Odyssey II – Lissa McLaughlin, writer, editor, and expressive therapist

1:43 – On a Monument to the Pigeon – Kathleen and Richard Kuhnen, plain members and citizens of the biotic community

1:51 – The Round River I – Tammy Bieberstein, ranger, City of Madison Parks

1:58 – The Round River II – Chris Gavin

2:04 – The Round River III – Mary Maxwell, naturalist, Madison School Forest

2:11 – Wherefore Wildlife Ecology? – Chuck Quirmbach, environment reporter, Wisconsin Public Radio

2:15 – Adventures of a Conservation Commissioner I – Don Waller, professor, botany and environmental studies, UW–Madison

2:20 – Adventures of a Conservation Commissioner II – Darcy Kind, conservation biologist, WI DNR

2:25 – Adventures of a Conservation Commissioner III – Linda Pils, teacher of children and teachers

2:30 – “Scenes from Sand County” musical interlude with narration – Douglas Hill, emeritus professor, UW–Madison Mead Witter School of Music

2:52 – Thinking Like a Mountain – Deb Weitzel, retired environmental science teacher

2:59 – River of the Mother of God I – Donna Weber-Harms, retired reading specialist, Juda Schools

3:05 – River of the Mother of God II – Danielle Writz, UW–Madison student, zoology

3:11 – Blue River – Mary Mullen, Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association

3:12 – Defenders of Wilderness – Shahla Werner, environmentalist

3:14 – The Community Concept – Susan Carpenter, native plant gardener, Arboretum

3:23 – The Ecological Conscience – Ken Cameron, professor, botany, UW–Madison; director, WI State Herbarium

3:30 – Substitutes for a Land Ethic – Anne Edwardson, oblate, Holy Wisdom Monastery

3:37 – The Outlook – Lisa Andrewski, naturalist and tour scheduler, Arboretum