Category: SOEI News

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Doug Smith: Lessons from Yellowstone

Twenty Years of Wolf Recovery By Douglas A. Smith, wildlife biologist at Yellowstone National Park From Yellowstone National Park’s start in 1872, policy reflected cultural norms and allowed for the killing of wolves, cougars, coyotes, and other predators. The last surviving wolf was killed in 1926 and cougars were eliminated too. The coyote population was…  Read More

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2014 SONWA Winners Announced

Northland College announced today for Earth Day their choices for the best in nature writing this past year. Three authors have been selected to receive the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for adult, young adult, and children’s literature. Established in 1991, the SONWA honors the literary legacy of Sigurd F. Olson by recognizing…  Read More

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Happy Birthday, Earth Day!

BY MARK PETERSON, for the Duluth News Tribune The idea sprung from disaster. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had just viewed the Santa Barbara oil spill in August 1969. He was flying home when he read an article about teach-ins on the Vietnam War being conducted on college campuses. “It popped into my head. That’s it!”…  Read More

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14 Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day is a special celebration on the Northland College campus. We don’t do anything big and loud. Instead, faculty, students, and staff head out into their own individual spaces—places that nurture and feed their soul. The idea for Earth Day was brainstormed—as the story goes—not far from our campus. Earth Day is a chance…  Read More

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7 Fun Facts About Earth Day

Anti-communist crusaders and the John Birch Society called foul on the proposed date for Earth Day—April 22, 1970—because, they discovered, it coincided with the 100th anniversary of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. As a result, some conservative public officials refused to sanction April 22 events. In truth, the date for Earth Day was…  Read More

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SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults, Young 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 died in June 2014, continued to write about…  Read More

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Timber Wolf Alliance Returns

After a seven-year tenure at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, Wis., the Timber Wolf Alliance is in the process of returning north to Northland College. “We birthed this program and handed it off during a period when we couldn’t sustain it, but now it makes sense to bring it back,” said Assistant…  Read More

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Keep Wilderness Act's Flame Burning Bright

By Mark Peterson and David Zentner Lake Superior Wilderness Conference | September 5-6 | Duluth, MN Rarely is federal legislation passed today with such unanimity as happened with the Wilderness Act 50 years ago this week. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Act 373-1. The Senate approved it 73-12. President Lyndon Johnson signed the…  Read More