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2016 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners

Northland College announces Book Awards for Earth Day

Northland College has announced the winning 2016 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) in adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Since 1991, the SONWA has honored the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson, who attended Northland College, and is the namesake of the College’s environmental institute, by recognizing and encouraging contemporary writers…  Read More …  Read More

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Sigurd Olson Legacy

Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) was acknowledged during his lifetime as a leader of the American environmental movement, an emblematic figure for a generation of activists.…  Read More

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Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute provides leadership in citizen science, outreach, and education on regional conservation issues while fostering the next generation of environmental leaders.…  Read More

SONWA children's winning book covers

SOEI Announces Best in Children’s Nature Books 2018

SONWA Children's Book Awards

The Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award committee has awarded author Sigrid Schmalzer and illustrator Melanie Linden Chan top prize in children’s literature for Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming. The awards, given for best nature writing in 2018, were announced today in time for Earth…  Read More

Winning book covers of Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards

SONWA Book Awards Announced

Best in 2018 Nature Writing

For the third time in its twenty-seven-year history, Craig Childs has been awarded the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. The SONWA committee has selected Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America as the best in nature writing for 2018. Childs was awarded SONWAs in 2007 for The Animal Dialogues and in…  Read More

BRITTA & ERSKINE Wedding

On August 3rd, 2019, Britta Hetzel and Erskine Harris will celebrate their wedding at Forest Lodge, a historic estate nestled among old growth forest on the shore of Lake Namekagon. In lieu of gifts, Britta and Erskine have asked that guests make a contribution to the Forest Lodge Youth Scholarship fund. This fund was established…  Read More

Tracking canines in snow

Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Training & Refresher

November 2, 9:00 am3:00 pm

This workshop, instructed by Timber Wolf Alliance Chair Adrian Wydeven and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Technician Sarah Boles, teaches the basics of tracking medium-to-large-sized carnivores in Wisconsin, including track identification, gait patterns, and conducting snow track survey. Participants will be provided with a tracker’s notebook. This workshop completes the second training for the…  Read More …  Read More

Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator Jordyn O'Gara

O’Gara ’18 Named Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator

Wolf Awareness Week Events October 23, 25, 26

Jordyn O’Gara’s passion for wolves started as a kid when she used to draw floor plans for the animal sanctuary so she could save all wildlife. Then, when she was 10, she and her parents attended a presentation at the International Wolf Symposium hosted by the International Wolf Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. “At the…  Read More …  Read More

Happy Anniversary, LoonWatch

THE LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE

If you live on a lake, or even if you don’t, your favorite wild creature might well be a loon. I’ve often wondered: What benignly demented sort of deity would create such a thing as a loon, to captivate us with musical calls and bewitch us with glowing red eyes set in deep black? Forty…  Read More …  Read More