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2018 Cabin Fever Lecture Series


Thursday February 8                          slideshow link 

Climate Change and the Challenge of Doomsday Thinking

Professor Ankur Desai, UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

The Ned P. Smith Professor of Climatology, Ankur will focus on prior global environmental problems, how they were solved, and what that means for climate change. You will learn about the most recent science on this issue and how to become part of the response, all from a local Wisconsin perspective.  

Sponsored by: Cross, Jenks, Mercer & Maffei Law Firm, Village Booksmith, Glenville Timberwrights,

Wednesday February 21

Rotational Grazing Planning: A Growing Trend in Local Land Use

Serge Koenig, Sauk County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department

One response to climate change is adjusting our farming practices to capture carbon from the air and return it to the soil. Serge is a soil conservation technician who has been working in our county for 20 years, and will explain pasture management for livestock as a means of replacing traditional row crop agriculture, benefiting both land health and financial income.

Sponsored by: MSA Professional Services, the Grainery, MBE CPAs


                                      Wednesday March 7

                                      Ecological Edible Landscapes in the Baraboo Hills 

                                      Judy Kingsbury and Marian Farrior , Permaculture 

                                      Educators  and Gardeners

Come hear Marian and Judy share the concepts of permaculture and forest garden design which emphasize living in harmony with nature. They will  highlight several edible native species to incorporate into your landscape.  The UW-Madison Arboretum outreach tandem will show us how we can plant with native species as a food source and a means of protection for local ecosystems.

 Sponsored by: Hiroshi & Arlene Kanno, Annie Randall Memorial Book Club, Minuteman Press Baraboo

Wednesday March 21

Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area: Lessons Learned

Mike Mossman, Retired Wisconsin DNR Biologist

Mike will describe birds and their essential habitats on the 15,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island IBA, and the pioneering program that uses birds to bring diverse landowners together there, for landscape-scale restoration.  He’ll suggest how a similar collaboration might produce “a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts” in the nearby Baraboo Hills and Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area.

Sponsored by: Gerd Muehllehner, Pat & Laura Stack, Johnsen Insurance, Edward Jones, Edward Jones Financial Advisor-Preston Baus, Pat & Jerry Bullard

Major funding for the series provided by Greater Sauk County Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Baraboo, and members of the Baraboo Range Preservation Association.

For more information email or call 355-7512

All lectures will be held at UW-Baraboo Thomas C. Pleger Science Building lecture hall,

1006 Connie Road, Baraboo.  

               Doors open at 6:00 pm for pizza and drinks, Mike's talk start at 7:00pm

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