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SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who…

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SONWA Book Awards

On Earth Day each year, Northland College announces its choices for the best in nature writing for the previous year. Three authors are selected to receive the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Established in 1991, SONWA honors the literary legacy of…

Professor Erica Hannickel sits at counter with glass of wine.

How Wine Shaped a Nation

Q&A WITH PROFESSOR ERICA HANNICKEL

Associate Professor of Environmental History Erica Hannickel talks with us about her book, Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America, published in 2013 by University of Pennsylvania Press. Q. You’re an environmental historian writing about grape cultivation. How does one intersect with the other and how did you get interested?…

Mexican gray wolf movie still

Back from the Brink of Extinction

Mexican Wolf Reintroduction and Recovery

…of Mexican wolves relatively small size (fifty-to-eighty pound adults), they were unable to prey upon the primary wild ungulate (elk) that existed in the area. Thus, on March 29, 1998, when Mexican wolves were first released in the wild, the odds were still stacked against them and many predicted reintroduction…

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Fall Festival 2023

September 22, 2023September 24, 2023

Mark your calendars and call your friends, Fall Festival is coming up fast! We can’t wait to welcome alumni and friends to campus September 22–24, 2023. This year’s events include a welcome party in Howard Pearson Park co-hosted with the City of Ashland and featuring a beer garden and live…

Sigurd Olson Articles

Some of these articles were published in 1951 in North Country Magazine. Sigurd also wrote a couple of hundred short sketches for newspapers; he wrote a few between 1937 and 1939, but most were from 1940 to 1943, and were syndicated to a number of newspapers, mostly in the Midwest….

Timber Wolf Alliance

At the start of the Timber Wolf Alliance, 1987, only 18 wolves were estimated to live in Wisconsin and fewer in Upper Michigan. That year, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute began the Timber Wolf Alliance assisting twenty-one organizations and many private individuals interested in promoting wolf recovery in Wisconsin and…