Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

The friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing time and funds to support the many activities of the refuge.  As volunteers, we give over 10,000 hours each year to refuge activities and projects and every dollar we earn is returned to fund those projects.

Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold was a renowned conservationist and ecologist who had some involvement with the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. According to the U.S. Forest Service, Leopold was part of a committee that recommended the establishment of the refuge in 1939, as a way to protect and restore the wetland habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. Leopold also visited the refuge several times and wrote about its ecological significance and challenges in his essays. He advocated for a biotic view of land that recognized the interdependence of all living things and the need for ethical stewardship. Leopold’s legacy continues to inspire conservation efforts in Wisconsin and beyond.

Some of his books are:

  • A Sand County Almanac: This is his most well-known book, which contains a collection of essays about his observations and reflections on the natural world and the human-nature relationship. He also introduces his concept of the land ethic, which calls for a respectful and responsible attitude towards the land and its inhabitants.
  • Game Management: This is one of the first books on wildlife management, which combines scientific knowledge and practical experience to provide guidance on how to conserve and manage game animals and their habitats. He also discusses the social and economic aspects of hunting and wildlife conservation.
  • Round River: This is a posthumous publication of his journals and essays, which reveal his thoughts and experiences as a wilderness explorer, hunter, researcher, and teacher. He also elaborates on his land ethic and his vision for a harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.
  • The River of the Mother of God: This is another posthumous publication of his essays, which span his entire career and cover a wide range of topics, such as ecology, forestry, agriculture, education, history, philosophy, and politics. He also addresses some of the environmental challenges and opportunities of his time.

These are some of the books by Aldo Leopold that you can find online or in your local library. I hope you enjoy reading them and learning more about his life and ideas.

Ildo Leopold conserbvationist and ecologist at the Necedah national Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin