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MJS: Numbers don’t add up in wolf-hound debate

By Adrian Wydeven, Timber Wolf Alliance Everyone likes a good mystery, especially one where an unlikely candidate is revealed as the culprit. This “Ah ha!” moment is a staple of the genre and most of us can remember the satisfaction of discovering the one responsible. Sherlock…  Read More

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Kids at Stockton

Better than Xbox: the Apostle Island School

Sixty middle school students participated last summer in the Northland College Apostle Island School, held on Stockton Island. The twenty-eight-year-old outdoor and environmental residential program is a partnership between the Northland College Outdoor Education Department and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with participating middle school…  Read More

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Conf to Highlight The Power of Story

Educators of young children can inspire a lifelong appreciation for nature. For this reason, Northland College is hosting its first-ever Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference on Friday, November 4 for educators of all types—including librarians, teachers, childcare providers, parents, and college students in education-related…  Read More

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For the Love of Rivers

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will award Kurt D. Fausch the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award for his book, For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Fausch is an ecologist who spent a career studying…  Read More

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Recommitting to Our National Parks

By Mark Peterson, executive director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act that created the National Park Service — 44 years after Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, was established. Today the agency has…  Read More

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Wisconsin Loon Population on the Rise


The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute LoonWatch program announced today that Wisconsin loons are doing surprisingly well, according to the results of the 2015 one-day Wisconsin Loon Population Survey. According to the most recent results, the adult loon population is estimated at 4,350, an…  Read More

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Adrian Wydeven

Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan

Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator and wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven is helping provide input on a Mexican gray wolf recovery plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). He is part of a team that met near Tucson, Arizona, in December 2015 and will be…  Read More

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Patz to report on Paris Climate Change Conference

Dr. Jonathan Patz attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris last month where he chaired a session on energy and health for the World Health Organization side-conference during the venue. Patz, who is director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute, will…  Read More

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Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman: What I’ve Learned from Readers

On September 15, 2015, author Paul Fleischman accepted his Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for his young adult book Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines. Before an audience of all ages, he gave the following acceptance speech.  “Writers learn as much from their…  Read More

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Adrian Wydeven

Wolf Biologist Adrian Wydeven to Head Timber Wolf Alliance

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute announced today that it has hired wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven to head its Timber Wolf Alliance program. “When it comes to understanding wolves, there is no one better qualified than Adrian,” said Mark Peterson, SOEI executive director. Wydeven…  Read More

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