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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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Thinking Like a Flower: Phenology and Climate Change at the Leopold Shack

Thinking Like a Flower: Phenology and Climate Change at the Leopold Shack

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(p.41) 4 Thinking Like a Flower: Phenology and Climate Change at the Leopold Shack
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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
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Sarah D. Wright

Nina Leopold Bradley

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.003.0004

Aldo Leopold embodies the legacy of conservation in Wisconsin. His beloved classic A Sand County Almanac is treasured as much for its landmark ethical ideas and literary merit as for the ecological principles it pioneered. A Sand County Almanac is not just an elegant narrative of the backyard soap operas played out by woodcocks or a series of elegies to the native flora. It has endeared those of us who cannot “live without wild things” because it challenges us to see in ways that deepen our connection to the landscapes we inhabit. By paying attention to the comings and goings of geese and keeping track of what's in flower, we come closer to realizing Aldo Leopold's vision of a Land Ethic, and our role in the “biotic community.” This chapter discusses the The Phenological Legacy of the Leopolds; Leopold's description of phenology as a “horizontal science” that incorporates information from many disciplines within the biological and agricultural sciences; Leopold records of phenological events; implications of climate change for relationships among species; and opportunities for education and collaboration in phenology.

Keywords:   Aldo Leopold, agricultural sciences, phenology, climate change, Wisconsin

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