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SOEI 50th Anniversary Conference Presenters

…1971 conference that inspired Robert Matteson to propose creation of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. As a student, Rocky served on the Institute’s Student-Faculty Advisory Committee and was in attendance for Sigurd Olson’s Johnson Lecture in the fall of 1972. Rocky went on to a distinguished career as an environmental

Malcolm McLean

A Force for Good

…“His heart was in education,” said President Michael Miller. Malcolm was instrumental in building an innovative Native American studies program and in creating the outdoor education program. He helped create the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, a northern voice for the environmental movement. In October 1972, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

Northland College students meet on the deck of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

Give to SOEI

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute seeks to empower citizens with objective information about the environmental issues of the north woods, advance understanding of northern species through citizen science, and educate the next generation of environmental leaders. Please fill out the gift form below and select where you would like to…

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Tug of War Over Wolves

Research reveals pendulum swings have negative impacts Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and hanging out at his family’s sugarbush. He paddled rivers, hiked trails, and watched the night sky. “That’s why I’m in this field, my strong love of the outdoors,”…

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2014 SONWA Winners Announced

…Engle for Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (young adult) and children’s author Phyllis Root for Plant a Pocket of Prairie for books worthy of honorary mention. Mark Peterson, executive director at the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute that oversees the awards, hopes the SONWA serves as an…

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Loon Research Award

…research and natural history, the LoonWatch program named its new grant program the Sigurd T. Olson Loon Research Award in 1986. The award is for original research that leads to better conservation for loons and their habitats. Contact LoonWatch Phone: 715-682-1220 Email Research Funded Since its inception, the Sigurd T….

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…

SONWA Winners 2017

Honeybees and a trailblazing scientist top the 2017 SONWA book awards

…of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. “As author Suzanne Slade writes, Anna Comstock’s students ‘were fascinated by the wonders around them. . . . And the children became wild about nature!’—that’s everything we hope for in children’s literature.” Since 1991, the SONWA has honored the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson,…

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The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute seeks to empower citizens with objective information about the environmental issues of the north woods, advance understanding of northern species through citizen science, and educate the next generation of environmental leaders. Please fill out the gift form below and select where you would like to…

Mother loon and her chick

Wisconsin Loon Population on the Rise


Results of the 2015 one-day Wisconsin Loon Population Survey

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 increase of 9.1 percent from…