The 2nd annual  Aldo Leopold Festival will be held in the Les Cheneaux Islands May 13-15, 2016. The new North Huron Birding Trail will be dedicated.  Featured presentations will include Native Orchids of the Upper Peninsula, A new book titled Birds of the Eastern U.P. and a Dark Sky Presentation.  Outdoor fun will include Guided Birding Trips, Nature Hikes, Kayaking Trips and the First annual Triathlon.  Registration for all of the events, including the dedication of the North Huron Birding Trail will take place at the Avery Arts and Nature Learning Center, also known as the Hessel School House. 

Rand Aldo Leopold was born on January 11, 1886, in the town of Burlington, IA, USA.  He was to be an author, philosopher, naturalist and one of the forebears of the American conservation movement.  He was also a member of the U.S.F.S. for nine years.

Long respected in his own fields of forestry and wildlife management, Aldo Leopold was a prolific writer for scientific journals and conservation magazines.

In time, Leopold came to be known as the father of wildlife management in America.  In 1933, his book, "Game Management" was published to be a "bible" of the profession. The objective of the theory of game management was to preserve the healthy functioning of the ecological system rather than the protection of the individual animal.

The year following his death saw the publication of "A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There". The book emphasized his "Land Ethic".  The onus was on each person to become a custodian of the landscape.  This theory would lead to the contemporary ecology ideology.  It remains his most lasting contribution to the field of wildlife management.

Every August, the Leopold family vacationed in Michigan at the forested Les Cheneaux Islands on Lake Huron.