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Historical Essay

The Conservation Movement

Read how the modern conservation movement began and flourished in Wisconsin in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Historical Essay

Nelson, Gaylord, 1916-2005

Founder of Earth Day

This Wisconsin Senator, best known as the founder of Earth Day, championed the preservation of the environment and natural resources.

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

Help students to look at the wartime issues of work, production and conservation in their hometown

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Conservation Work

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Two men in a wooden rowboat checking a fyke net on a northern Wisconsin lake. One man is standing, holding a fishing net full of walleyes.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Rustic wooden dam and bridge between two of the Eau Claire Lakes in southwest Bayfield County.

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Stocking Fish

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Description: Conservation advocate Sigurd Olson stocking smallmouth bass in the canoe country near the Minnesota-Canadian border.

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Getting Pike Eggs

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Two men, each in a wooden row boat, collect pike fish from a fyke net on a northern Wisconsin lake. One man is standing in his boat holding a fish net hold...

Read about Wisconsin's role in the development of the environmental movement in the United States in the 20th century.

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Three men standing in water near shore in northern Wisconsin lake. Two of the men are wearing waders, and they are using a ladle for dipping between a wash...

Historical Essay

Muir, John (1838-1914)

Conservationist, Writer, Explorer

Learn about the conservationist who was instrumental in the creation of Yosemite National Park. This article contains links to several primary sources.

Date: 1938 

Description: The main building at the Wisconsin State Fish Hatchery (aka Nevin Fish Hatchery, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd.), of the Wisconsin Conservation Department.

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Lifting the Nets

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Five men in three wooden row boats lifting fyke nets out of northern Wisconsin lake. The men are doing conservation work, netting for walleyes and muskies.

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Spoonbill Catfish

Date: 1945-03-14 

Description: A dead spoonbill catfish ("Polydon Spathula") found by former Dane County Coroner Wayne Fisher in a pothole along the Wisconsin River at Prairie du Sac. T...

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Description: Edward R. Murrow with a young boy, (possibly his son Casey), several unidentified men and a game warden next to a lake in northern Wisconsin with their boa...

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