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

Sarah D. Wright and Nina Leopold Bradley

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI:
Thinking Like a Flower: Phenology and Climate Change at the Leopold Shack

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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

Chapter.  5108 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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