Ok, I admit that I'm being a bit more artsy with this week's episode, but that's because my guest for this week and next really stirred in me a desire to wax poetic. Curt Meine and I have known each other for a long time but I don't think we've ever had a chance to have a conversation that was this long. You will get to know him better in the next two weeks and hopefully you will see how his deep love for humanity and our home drives him more and more to bend the ear of anyone that will listen to his warnings and pleas for more responsible behavior with regards to conservation and preservation. Don't write him off as a "tree hugger". He is a true scientist with the heart of a poet, and he "knows his stuff". He never demands that people agree with him, he only asks that you consider the data that is being collected all around the world. There is no agenda, just a desire to understand and make better decisions based upon our current understanding.
Curt Meine is a conservation biologist, environmental historian, and writer based in Sauk County, Wisconsin. He serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Center for Humans and Nature; as Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation; and as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the last three decades he has worked with a wide array of organizations at the intersection of biodiversity conservation, agriculture, water, climate change, environmental justice, and community resilience. Meine has authored and edited several books, including the award-winning biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (1988/2010) and The Driftless Reader (2017). He served as on-screen guide in the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (2011). In his home landscape, he is a founding member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.