• Apostle Islands

Join Northland College for engaging conversations at the 2016 Madeline Island Museum Summer Speaker Series. Each event is free and takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. For questions, contact the museum at 715-747-2415.

Water Tension and the Great Lakes Compact

Peter Annin
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Madeline Island Museum, La Pointe, WI

The Great Lakes have been a major highway for transportation, migration, and trade–but now the very water that fills them has become a commodity. This presentation delves into the long history of political maneuvers and water diversion schemes that have proposed sending Great Lakes water everywhere from Akron to Arizona.

Veteran conflict and environmental journalist Peter Annin is codirector of Northland College’s Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation and author of The Great Lakes Water Wars.

Partners: Madeline Island Museum, Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve

Lacrosse: Its History, Significance, and Native American Roots

Katrina Werchouski and Cassie Brown
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Madeline Island Museum, La Pointe, WI

Healthful living and leadership development are among the skills that young athletes learn. But lacrosse, specifically, has deep roots in our region and many do not fully understand how this game, full of teachings and medicine, came to be. This talk will examine the sport’s history, significance, and Native American roots.

Katrina Werchouski is a 2007 Northland College graduate and the director of its Indigenous Cultures Center. She is a proud member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Cassie Brown is a 2015 Northland College graduate and its assistant women’s lacrosse coach. She is from the Keweenaw Bay reservation in Baraga, Michigan, where she played for an Ojibwe tribal youth team.

Partner: Madeline Island Museum

Geologic Time in the Islands

Tom Fitz
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Madeline Island Museum, La Pointe, WI

The history of the Apostle Islands is a wilderness full of human stories that we’ve all come to love. Parallel to those tales are the processes acting over geologic time, creating the Apostles of today. This presentation will compare and contrast geologic time scales to our own perspective of time using rocks, sediments, maps, and stories from past and present.

Tom Fitz is associate professor of geoscience at Northland College where he teaches geology and agriculture. His passion is to learn and teach about the Earth’s history and humans’ relationship to it.

Partners: Madeline Island Museum, Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve

Natural Connections: Exploring North Woods Nature Through Science & Your Senses

Emily Stone
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Madeline Island Museum, La Pointe, WI

Come explore all four wonderful seasons in the north woods with a knowledgeable guide. In stories about the smell of rain, cheating ants, photosynthesizing salamanders, and more, she delves deeply into the surprising science behind our north woods neighbors and emerges with a more complex understanding of their beauty. Themes like adaptations, symbiotic relationships, the cycles of nature, and the fluidness of life and death float through every topic.

Emily Stone is a 2004 Northland College graduate and a naturalist by birth, training, profession, and passion. She is the naturalist/education director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin.

Partner: Madeline Island Museum

Wisconsin’s Apex Predators: The Recovery of Wolves and Return of Cougars

Adrian Wydeven
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Madeline Island Museum, La Pointe, WI

In this presentation, learn about the biology and ecology of cougars and wolves in Wisconsin, hear about recent observations of cougars in the state and region and the prognosis of establishing a breeding population, and find out what you should do if you encounter a wolf or cougar in the woods.

Adrian Wydeven is the Timber Wolf Alliance coordinator with the Northland College Sigurd Olsen Environmental Institute. Wydeven was senior editor of Recovery of Gray Wolves in the Great Lakes Region of the United States: An Endangered Species Success Story, and recently wrote a chapter for Wild Wolves We Have Known.

Partner: Madeline Island Museum