Wonders of  Wildlife in Springfield, Missouri—a place for families, fishermen, hunters, and conservationists.

Wonders of Wildlife wowed me with its fish, mammals, and birds—all entertainingly displayed, either alive or stuffed. As important as the many hunting and fishing stories is the conservation history and ethos conveyed throughout the campus. Founder Johnny Morris best summarizes the spirit of Wonders of Wildlife when he says, “Thanks for sharing the journeyContinue reading “Wonders of  Wildlife in Springfield, Missouri—a place for families, fishermen, hunters, and conservationists.”

Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park planning occurs tomorrow

Lots of fine planning—ecological restoration, trails, information kiosks, access for handicapped persons and small children—has gone into what the park’s future will be. You can learn and contribute to that future by attending the third public meeting on the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Master Plan, which will be held as a webinar on 29Continue reading “Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park planning occurs tomorrow”

Richard Brocksmith to be awarded by Washington Wild on 30 Sept.

[Note: The following is pasted from a 22 Sep. 2021 e-announcement from Washington Wild.] Each year Washington Wild presents the Karen M. Fant Founder’s Award to a volunteer activist who exemplifies the organizing passion and spirit of our co-founder, Karen Fant. Past recipients include Olympic Peninsula activist Connie Gallant, Climbing advocate Matt Perkins, and WashingtonContinue reading “Richard Brocksmith to be awarded by Washington Wild on 30 Sept.”

Aldo Leopold’s Center and shack—for those touring the history of conservation greats

I’d not realized the significance of Aldo Leopold until my recent exploration of the Leopold Center and the Aldo Leopold shack near Baraboo, Wisconsin. I’d read commentators who said that his book A Sand County Almanac was a pivotal book in American environmental writing, along with Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,Continue reading “Aldo Leopold’s Center and shack—for those touring the history of conservation greats”

Bison success, a new mindset, and climate success

Bison: they’re here. They weren’t going to be, but they are!Bison restoration represents a great conservation success story, and it should inspire us as we battle to transform our greenhouse gas making ways. Bison—the big mammal that filled North America prairies and forests in the millions—were within a whisper of extinction, but then they wereContinue reading “Bison success, a new mindset, and climate success”

A commercial aquaculture facility will be built in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

I’d written a letter to the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands and to the Department of Natural Resources in which I’d objected to a commercial aquaculture facility being built in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge(see https://michaelmaddoxconservation.com/2021/08/17/dont-build-aquaculture-in-the-dungeness-national-wildlife-refuge/). I received an email letter of reply on 20 August (pasted below) stating that approval has been givenContinue reading “A commercial aquaculture facility will be built in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge”

Don’t build aquaculture in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

This is the letter I mailed today to Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz: From: Michael Maddox(previously of Poulsbo)