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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.

Historical Essay

The Conservation Movement

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

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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...

A Short History of Wisconsin

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

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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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.

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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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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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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...

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.

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Home Front

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

Date: 1935 ca.

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

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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.

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...

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