The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society


Greetings from Gerry Janz

President of the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society

In his now classic book, Zen Mind , Beginner’s Mind, the late teacher Shunryu Suzuki introduced the importance of developing and fostering a beginner’s mind in all things.  The basic premise being that in the beginners mind there are infinite possibilities but in the experts very few.  I hope to bring the spirit of Beginner’s Mind along as I start my new role as president of the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society.

I discovered and joined the National Audubon Society in 1975 while still a high school student here in Central Wisconsin. Later, on a birding trip to the gulf of Florida I made another discovery and decided there was more to birding than list keeping.  Returning home I looked for and soon found that there was an active, local Audubon chapter here in Stevens Point.  As I began attending meetings and participating in field trips I found it to be a wonderfully diverse group of interesting, helpful, and above all, welcoming folks, drawn together by a shared interest in and concern for the world around them.  Serving on the board and as treasurer and vice president I gained a sense of the importance of our group not only locally, but
nationally and globally as well.

As president I hope to continue that work as well as carrying on the tradition of active participation, cooperation, and inclusiveness exemplified by the members of the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society.

As you peruse the webpage, we invite you to consider joining our ALAS team.  Attend a presentation, volunteer for one of our work day, or be a behind the scene financial support person.  Our annual and long range goals will be reached through your guidance and assistance.  Join our team and become a member of ALAS. 

Monthly Calendar of Events

In an attempt to help people plan out programs and field trips they wish to attend, below is a full month calendar of events related to nature and protecting our environment.  We will attempt to include other community events that fit with the mission of the

Aldo Leopold Audubon Society.

May 2017
June 2017

Upcoming ALAS Programs

& Field Trips 

ALAS Calendar of Programs and Events 2016 - 2017

Click here to download and print

ALAS Monthly Program

Field Trips

Saturday, June 3rd starting at 10 am
Spring Flower Hike: Emmons Creek Barrens/Hartman Creek Segment
Leader: Bob Freckmann
Contacts: Bob Freckmann 715-344-0686 or Ruth Sommers 715-344-5691
*Program Sponsored by the Portage County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance

Saturday, May 27
Attracting Cavity Nesting Songbirds
Kent Hall, 715-344-8081

Saturday, June 10
Kestrels of the Buena Vista Grassland
Maureen Brocken, 715-570-3193

Saturday, August 5th 10 am - noon
What’s Up at the Prairie?
Anne Graham, 715-344-0968

Join the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society Now!
Click here to download and print Membership Form

Special Announcement

Rhubarb Dream Dessert Recipe from Last ALAS Monthly Program

From my Aunt Mary Zach.  We switched the oleo with butter!

Raptor Workshop October 2017

The first of its kind, this 5-day introductory level field course is designed to instruct students in a full-range of the latest field  techniques used in the study of raptors.  Course is located at Linwood Springs Research Station, 1601 Brown Deer Ln, Stevens Point, WI 54481 
For more information click here.

Aldo Leopold Audubon Society Annual Campaign 

Your gift this year will support ongoing projects sponsored by ALAS. You can be assured that all money donated will benefit our local economy, increase wildlife habitat, and save special places for our citizens.   Click here for Contribution Form.

Good News on Bird City from Kent Hall
Auduboners: Hard work has paid off.  Here is the announcement from the Director of the BCW program, Bryan Lenz, that Stevens Point has won its 7th consecutive BCW award (last 6 are High Flyer Awards).  We have much to be thankful for, but especially for the support of Mayor Mike Wiza and the City Council.  It is a good collaborative effort.  Click here for Letter from Bird City Wisconsin.

Interesting Articles

The Moral Cost of Cats
A bird-loving scientist calls for an end to outdoor cats "once and for all".

The Little Bird with a Big History:

The Story of Wisconsin’s Kestrel Population By: Christa Droste
Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology

Frances Hamerstrom, the only female graduate student of Aldo Leopold, is highly regarded for her work to protect the Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) from extirpation in Wisconsin. But what you might not know is that Fran was also critical in the recovery of the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) population.

National Audubon Updates
Explore the world of birds with Audubon's completely re-imagined website.

Here are some documents that will give you a broader picture of recent accomplishments across the National Audubon network: a timeline of recent achievements, the October 2014 President’s Report, a packet of media clips featuring Audubon in the news and media highlights from the climate launch.

New: Monthly ALAS Programs on YouTube

Check them on our Media Collection page.

The Aldo Leopold Audubon Society (ALAS) Community Grants

Your local Audubon Society is providing grants of up to $300. The grants are available to be used for environmental education programs and projects in the Central Wisconsin Region including Portage, Wood, Marathon and Waupaca counties.  Click here to learn more on how to apply.