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Students learn about conservation
Members of Darlington High School Advanced Placement Environmental Education class attended a field day at Five Oaks recently. Dianne Moller of Hoos Woods is at far right with Wapaha, her golden eagle.
For those who have visited the famous "shack" on Aldo Leopold's Sauk County property, the sense of purpose carries over to society's on-going attempts to nurture and protect the land.While few could ever equal Leopold's insight into the ecosystems that sustain us, or match his unparalleled eloquence at describing the challenges of his time, his land ethic inspires all conservationists to strengthen the ties between people and the earth. From "Teaching Wildlife Conservation in Public Schools," Leopold suggests, "The citizen-conservationist needs an understanding of ecology not only to enable him to function as a critic of sound policy, but to derive maximum enjoyment from his contacts with the land." Approximately 40 students from Pecatonica, Darlington and Argyle high schools visited Five Oaks recently to learn about the value of wetlands to the health of our water resources from Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Executive Director Jeff Nania.