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HORICON—Stanley Temple, professor emeritus in conservation, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club at 7 p.m., Dec. 15, in the lower level of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Highway 28.

This year marks the centenary of the “Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds” (the Migratory Bird Treaty, for short). The 1916 treaty became the cornerstone of the national commitment to conserve birds.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 implements the landmark 1916 treaty, and together the treaty and act form one of the oldest and most enduring bird conservation measures in the world.

Temple will recount the first century of migratory bird protection and speculate about the future.

For 32 years, Temple has held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He is currently a senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has received major conservation awards from the Society for Conservation Biology, the Wildlife Society and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. Among other recognition of his achievements, he is a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, Explorers Club, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He has been president of the Society for Conservation Biology and chairman of the board of the Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.

Bird club programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 387-7893 or visit horiconmarshbirdclub.com.

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