January 11, 2011

Happy Birthday, Aldo Leopold

Sometimes someone comes along that makes such a contribution to a field that the person is called the mother or father of an entire science. Such is the case with Aldo Leopold, who was born in Iowa on this day in 1887.

Leopold's ideas about biodiversity – the benefit of having a wide range of plants, animals, and other organisms in an environment – and ecology – the interconnectedness of the living and nonliving portions of the environment – that he is credited with being the Father of Wildlife Management.

He became a professor at the University of Wisconsin and wrote a book called A Sand County Almanac, which has sold over two million copies, and he was influential in movements to conserve wilderness and develop environmental ethics. Among other things, he helped people rethink the role of large predators such as bears and wolves. He also helped found the Wilderness Society.

Learn more about Wildlife Management at Dialogue 4 Kids

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