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Loon Ranger Training Workshop [In Person]

May 7, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

LoonWatch is hosting two training workshops (one in person and one virtual) for Loon Rangers. These training workshops will include in-person and virtual classroom presentations on loon behavior, ecology and habitat, what you can do to protect loons, and instructions for the participating in the Annual Lakes Monitoring Program. Advanced…

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Six individuals named to Board of Trustees

…a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well-being of its people. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ullrich served for thirty years at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental

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…

Summit Biographies

…Board of Visitors for the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Ron Seely Ron is a freelance writer who specializes in covering science and environmental issues in the Great Lakes region. He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences Communication…

Three researchers walking through stream

Tracking Wildlife in the Tropics

…management, collaboratively developed his research project—to assess various wildlife tracking and monitoring devices—with Erik Olson, assistant professor of natural resources. Matzinger was unsure of where to conduct this research. Olson suggested the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, where he is working on a larger ongoing project in Costa Rica assessing…

Northland College student in class

Humanity and Nature Studies

…professional studies in fields such as environmental law and environmental humanities, the Peace Corps, or for a variety of environmentally focused careers in business, education (“green teaching” before and afterschool programs), government, industry, advertising, public policy, community planning, nature therapy, or the non-profit sector. Students majoring in humanity and nature…

Northland College teaching students talk with Washburn fifth graders

Environmental Education

…explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. Environmental Education Tools for change. Environmental Education Minor requirements Kyle Bladow Associate Professor of Native American Studies Kyle Bladow Scott Grinnell Professor of Physics Scott Grinnell Erica Hannickel Professor of Environmental History Erica Hannickel Emily Macgillivray…

Chemistry student in the lab

Lab Services

The Applied Research and Environmental Laboratory (ARELab) is an analytical laboratory that supports applied environmental research and provides service to citizens and natural resource professionals throughout the region. Students work with faculty and staff to analyze a range of environmental samples that describe water quality, soil nutrients, and foodweb processes….

wolf track in the sand

Students Howl with Wolves

…northern Wisconsin to experience the “primitive and unchanged” landscape Sigurd Olson talks about in The Singing Wilderness. “I can talk all day about wolves and will never have the impact taking students out has,” Olson said. “Hearing a wolf howl changes lives.” The following is one story from one student—Bijit…


Decolonizing Tobacco: The Environmental History of Asemaa

March 29, 2022, 5:30 pm6:30 pm

…and some current efforts linked to addressing decolonization of tobacco. Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings is a member of the marten clan. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, and American Indian studies. Jennings completed his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute….