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 2016 (click)

Upcoming ALAS Programs

& Field Trips 

ALAS Calendar of Programs and Events 2015 - 2016

Click here to download and print

Field Trips
Saturday, May 7
A Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day:
    Family Birding at Iverson Park
Contact: Kent Hall  715-344-8081

    Saturday, May 14

    What’s Up on the Bluff? Birds and Blooms at Powers Bluff

    Contact: Bob Freckmann,  715-344-0686

    Saturday, June 4         

    Kestrels of Buena Vista Grasslands

    Contact: Maureen Brocken, 715-677-6772

ALAS Monthly Program
May 18th, 2016
    A Yearlong Walk Through the Rice Lake White Cedar Bog
Speaker: Roger Zimmermann

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

Special Announcement

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.

Raptor Workshop:

Accredited through University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Attend this 5-day introductory level field course designed to instruct students in a full-range of the latest field techniques used in the study of raptors. "Introduction to Raptor Field Techniques" will be held in Stevens Point, WI by Eugene Jacobs of the Linwood Springs Research Station.  Summer Sessions: 6-10 June, and 20-24 June 2016.  Fall Sessions: 3-7 October, and 10-14 October, 2016.  Receive first-hand experience working with: live raptors, capturing, handling, banding techniques, broadcast call surveys, tree climbing, rappelling, blood sampling and more.  Cost is $495 and space is limited, so register early.  For more information visit .

Interesting Articles

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.