Happy Birthday, Aldo!
January (the 11th to be exact) would have been Aldo Leopold’s 125th birthday. What is remarkable is that people still notice and publicize his birthday 64 years after he died. It speaks to the legacy that Leopold left with his land ethic and stewardship message and his still well-read book A Sand County ALMANAC (published in 1949 a year after his death).
Leopold’s message of restoration of the land and concern for the health of wildlife echoes the mission of Pheasants Forever. Leopold was a hunter and enjoyed hunting pheasants. He was an astute observer of the natural world and worked to live a peaceful co-existence with nature while understanding the need for balance. He raised his five children to also appreciate the natural world and time spent outdoors was special to all of them. I think he would have liked our No Child Left Indoors® initiative and I know he would have approved of the Leopold Education Project and the work PF does with educators, our chapters and others to teach about the importance of habitat and restoration of land.
If you have not read A Sand County ALMANAC, I really encourage you to do so (available in paperback from Pheasants Forever). If you don’t know about the Leopold Education Project, PF’s award-winning conservation education program, and the materials we have, go to www.lep.org for more information. Leopold’s messages are even more important today and can be used in schools, book clubs, churches (great Earth Day material), community centers, PF chapter events and university classes.
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