Celebrating Wisconsin Like a Naturalist

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Celebrating Wisconsin Like a Naturalist

by Maya Reinfeldt, Library Assistant

This summer learn about Wisconsin’s natural past, present and future and the people involved in studying and caring for it. Enjoy books about our state’s flora and fauna, Indigenous knowledge and ethics and about our founding naturalists.

picture of a loonBlack, Merel R., and Emmet J. Judziewicz. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region a Comprehensive Field Guide. 2nd ed., University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
“It is our hope that this work will increase knowledge and awareness of the diversity and beauty of the wildflowers that surround us every day. We also hope that, with this knowledge, care will be taken to help preserve these natural riches for future generations.” – Merel Black and Emmet Judziewicz.

Boyer, Dennis. Listen to the Land: Conservation Conversations. Terrace Books, 2009.
“I have seen no other work that resembles Listen to the Land. It includes diverse perspectives on the environment, sense of place, the power of nature, and relationship to the land. It belongs on the shelf next to Gaylord Nelson, Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau.” – Jerry Apps.

Christofferson, Bill. The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson. University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
“The seemingly simple idea – a day set aside to focus on protecting our natural environment – was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It accomplished, far beyond his expectations, his lifelong goal of putting the environment onto the nation’s and the world’s political agendas.” – Bill Christofferson.

Langston, Nancy. Climate Ghosts: Migratory Species in the Anthropocene. Brandeis University Press, 2021.
“Climate Ghosts challenges us to engage critically with Indigenous dispossession, ecosystem change, and species restoration.” – Michael Dockry

Leopold, Aldo, and Charles Walsh Schwartz. A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There. Oxford University Press, 1968.
“A notable book of discovery, a book whose beginning is fashioned for naturalists and artists, and whose conclusion is a far-seeing challenge to statesmen and philosophers.” -from The Land.

Loew, Patty. Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2014.
“We Anishinaabeg believe that all humans are born with a special gift to benefit and serve our first mother, the Earth, and all living beings. Seventh Generation Earth Ethics shares the biographies of twelve indigenous people whose lives provide pathways and inspiration for all to follow.” – Lisa Poupart.

Matteson, Sumner. Afield: Portraits of Wisconsin Naturalists, Empowering Leopold’s Legacy. Vol. 1, Little Creek Press, 2020.
“We need [Wisconsin’s naturalists] to ground us as we face a future of rapidly changing social, economic, and environmental realities, most especially the uncertain effects of accelerating
climate change. We need them, more than anything, to nurture the next generation of citizen-conservationists.” – Curt Meine

Meeker, James E., et al. Plants Used by the Great Lakes Ojibwa: Abridged Version. Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1993.
“It is hoped that the book is not viewed merely as a scientific document for ethnobotanical use. Rather, we hope to convey both the essence and spirit of an Anishinabe world view which carries with it the respect for each of the living things on this planet that we call Aki, our Mother the Earth.” – James H. Schlender.

Ostergren, Robert Clifford, and Thomas R. Vale. Wisconsin Land and Life. The University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.
“This book… is an exploration of place, a series of essays by Wisconsin geographers that offers an introduction to the state’s natural environment, the historical processes of its human habitation, and the ways that nature and people interact to create distinct regional landscapes.” – Robert Ostergren and Thomas Vale.

Root, Robert L. Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017.
“As Robert Root walks through the Wisconsin landscape, he reads the windblown hay field, the dripping green wood, the and the crooked blue river with as much care and precision as the three writers he’s following: Muir, Leopold, and Derleth.” – Tom Montgomery Fate

Schaick, Charles Van, et al. People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011.
“People of the Big Voice is a treasure trove connecting the past with the present – restoring Ho-Chunk memories and relatives back to life.” – Norbert Hill, member of the Oneida Nation.

Weso, Thomas Pecore. Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2016.
“With a rare perspective as a Native American anthropologist and artist, Weso mixes a poignant personal story with the seeds of Menominee cooking traditions.” – Thomas Weso.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow the above books and more. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

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Dive into Shipwrecks!

SELECT READS (for kids) – GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECKS

The Christmas Tree Ship: The Story of Captain Santa by Rochelle Pennington.
Door Peninsula Shipwrecks by Jon Paul Van Harpen
Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals by William Ratigan
Great Ships on the Great Lakes: A Maritime History from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Lost & Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks by V.O. VanHeest
Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities beneath the Sea by Mary Cerullo
Shipwrecks and Lost Treasures, Great Lakes: Legends and Lore, Pirates and More! By Michael Varhola
Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes by Ed Butts
Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: Tales of Courage — And Cowardice by Cheryl MacDonald
Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes by Pamela Cameron; illustrated by Renée Graef
Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks by John Odin Jensen
Whaleback Ships of the Great lakes

SELECT READS (for kids) – THE EDMUND FITZGERALD

29 Missing: The True and Tragic Story of the Disappearance of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald by Andrew Kantar
The Edmund Fitzgerald: Lost With All Hands: A True Story for Young Readers by Robert Hertel
The Edmund Fitzgerald: The Song of the Bell by Kathy-Jo Wargin and Gisjbert Van Frankenhuyzen.
The Gulls of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Tres Seymour
The Night the Fitz Went Down by Hugh E. Bishop
The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald: The Loss of the Largest Ship on the Great Lakes by Charles River Editors
SUNKEN Shipwrecks of Lake Superior by Kathy Groth
White hurricane: a Great Lakes November gale and America’s deadliest maritime disaster by David G. Brow

SELECT READS (for older readers) – GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECKS

Ghost Ships, Gales and Forgotten Tales: True Adventures of the Great Lakes by Wes Oleszewski
Graveyard of the Lakes by Mark L. Thompson
Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals by William Ratigan
Shipwrecks and Lost Treasures, Great Lakes: Legends and Lore, Pirates and More! By Michael Varhola
Steamboats & Sailors of the Great Lakes by Mark L. Thompson
Stories from the Wreckage: a Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks by John Odin Jensen
Wreck of the Carl D. : a True Story of Loss, Survival, and Rescue at Sea by Michael Schumacher

WISCONSIN SHIPWRECKS

Learn about Wisconsin Shipwrecks : https://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/

Take the challenge of our shipwreck scavenger hunt and crossword puzzle! https://go.wisc.edu/19j8r5

Explore Shipwrecks and Aquatic Invasive Species https://go.wisc.edu/i5eo99

About the Silver Lake:
https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/13000128.htm
https://www.wisconsinshipwrecks.org/Vessel/Details/570?region=Index

ROVe The Great Lakes from Wisconsin Sea Grant: https://go.wisc.edu/ROVe2
Experience Great Lakes maritime history & underwater exploration (curriculum but lots of stuff for families)

Wisconsin Sea Grant YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhHCCseyxU38Z_1jZpIhLp5nUGodX0agW
Watch ROV footage and listen to a maritime archaeologist talk about working with remotely operated vehicles in shipwreck research

THE EDMUND FITZGERALD

About the weather that day: https://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/wxwise/fitz.html

About the Edmund Fitzgerald: https://ssedmundfitzgerald.org/

Edmund Fitzgerald data sets to use at home: https://www.michiganseagrant.org/lessons/lessons/by-broad-concept/earth-science/data-sets/the-storm-that-sunk-the-edmund-fitzgerald/

THE TITANIC

Robert Ballard discovers the Titanic: https://youtu.be/RhmUdcdaSWs (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Ballard’s return in 2004: https://youtu.be/6Z7REEnwKOQ

Using ROVs to find the Titanic: https://ocean.si.edu/planet-ocean/seafloor/titanic-wrecksite

Finding the Titanic – interview with Dr. Ballard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJjPApkqLww

Painting the Titanic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwfIYwl-lT8

How the Titanic was lost – picture gallery: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/08/how-titanic-was-lost-and-found?gallery=42089&image=11-titantic-pictures

SELECTED READS ABOUT THE TITANIC

DK Eyewitness Books: Titanic: Learn the Full Story of This Tragic Ship from its Famous Passengers to the Exploration of its Remains by Simon Adams
882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about the Titanic Paperback by Hugh Brewster
If You Were a Kid aboard the Titanic by Josh Gregory; illustrated by Sebastian Serra
Inside the Titanic by Hugh Brewster
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House, No. 17) by Mary Pope Osborne

What are your favorite reads? Send them to Anne Moser askwater@aqua.wisc.edu!

Megan’s Reading List

Hello readers!

I am Megan Nayar and I am the student education assistant for Wisconsin Sea Grant. Since winter is not giving up its grip this year, I found some reading suggestions to sustain you until the thaw comes and spring arrives. I have suggested readings for children and adults that explore life under the water and that amply the voices of Water Protectors, leaders that advocate for the sustainable conservation of our water resources. The books listed below can be read and discussed with friends and family! 

For children

For adults 

  • Winona LaDuke’s book called To Be A Water Protector tackles the history of water inequality of Indigenous peoples, specifically the Anishinaabekwe or Ojibwe community, and emulates sustainability principles and teachings. 
  • The next read is a paper written by Hampton et al., 2017 called “Ecology Under Lake Ice” which explores the unknown life navigating under the frozen tundra of 101 lakes. The research paper analyses different species levels including plankton, phytoplankton, and zooplankton. 

Do you have any favorite reads to share? Let us know – email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu

Ice Lake Mendota

Ice, oh Wonderful Ice!

The ship’s stern still bore its name, “ENDURANCE,” above a five-pointed star, a holdover from before Shackleton bought the ship, when it was named Polaris.With this week’s find of the Endurance, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s very long-lost ship that sank in 1915, ice is on our mind. The location of the wreck, close to 10,000 deep, is one of the iciest on the planet. And because of the cold waters, the wreck is in almost pristine condition.

Ice is a wonder – it influences our lives, most notably as an air conditioner for our planet. Ice cools our food and makes drinks refreshing in the hot summer. It is a great resource for winter recreation, and writers and photographers find it an inspiration for their works.

As we wait for spring to spring in Wisconsin, we share some great reads about wonderful ice!

Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North by Mark C. Serreze. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2018.

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail. New York: The New Press, 2019.

Fishing on Ice: A Complete Guide to Gear, Fish and Fun by Noel Vick. Champaign, Illimois.: Human Kinetics, 1999.

Gimaamaa-Akiiminaan Gimiigwechiwendaamin: Thankful for Our Mother Earth: Spearing through the Ice Activity Booklet by Dylan Jennings. Odanah, Wisconsin.: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, [2016].

Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers by James Balog. New York: Rizzoli, 2012.

Ice! The Amazing History of the Ice Business by Laurence Pringle. Honesdale, Penn.: Calkins Creek, 2012.

The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers by Christopher White. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2014.

One Frozen Lake by Deborah Jo Larson. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012. Vanishing Ice: Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Rising Seas by Vivien Gornitz. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow our books. Send your request to askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

Photo: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

 

 

National Poetry Month is here!

Where do poetry and science intersect?

Do they intersect at all?

Consider the patterns in both poetry and science. Or consider how each discipline uses observations to make sense of the world. Certainly, both use their own techniques and require creativity and even problem-solving. Perhaps the two disciplines are not so very different?

We love to start any science program for youth with a poem or two… Here are some great books of poetry we have used. What are your favorites? Let use know at askwater@aqua.wisc.edu!

ABOUT WATER

  • In The Sea by David Elliott; Illustrated by Holly Meade
  • In The Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
  • In The Swim: Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • Sail Away: Poems by Langston Hughes; Art by Ashley Bryan
  • Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman
  • Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs; Illustrated by Meilo So
  • Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas; Illustrations by Violeta Dabija

ABOUT FLORA AND FAUNA

  • H Is For Hook: A Fishing Alphabet by Judy Young and Illustrated by Gary Palmer
  • Fine Feathered Friends: Poems for Young People by Jane Yolen; Photographs by Jason Stemple
  • Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems = Aleteo Y Zumbido: Poemas de Animals by Julie Paschkis
  • Insectlopedia: Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs by Douglas Florian
  • Song for the Whooping Crane by Eileen Spinelli
  • Step Gently Out Poem by Helen Frost; Photographs by Rick Lieder
  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature Written by Joyce Sidman; Illustrated by Beth Krommes
  • Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman; Illustrations by Beckie Prange

ABOUT WEATHER AND SEASONS

  • Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems by Francisco X. Alarcón, Illustrations by Maya Christina Gonzalez = Iguanas in la Nieve Y Otros Poemas De Invierno / Poemas, Francisco X. Alarcon; Ilustraciones, Maya Christina Gonzalez
  • Once Around the Sun by Bobbi Katz; Illustrated by Leuyen Pham
  • A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day Andrea Davis Pinkney; Pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson
  • Rain. Poems. Selections. by Anders Holmer
  • Winter Eyes: Poems & Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold Joyce Sidman & Rick Allen

ABOUT GETTING IN THE GARDEN

  • I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems about the Garden by Juanita Havill; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano, Illustrated by Julie Morstad

ABOUT OUR EARTH

  • The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time by Jan Peck and David Davis; Illustrated by Carin Berger
  • Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Sayre

Spring Outside

As the spring thaw begins in Wisconsin, the outdoors and our watery places beckon. For both kids and adults there is a strong urge to get outside and play. This urge also inspires narratives from writers on their own experiences exploring our world: on foot, in canoes, on bicycles, in their backyards, from their tents and sometimes from conversations with strangers they meet along the way.

Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail.
By Bart Smith. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.

Crossing the Driftless: A Canoe Trip through a Midwestern Landscape.
By Lynne Smith Diebel and illustrated by Robert Diebel. Madison, WI: Terrace Books, an imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.

Chippewa: Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway.
By Richard D. Cornell. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017.

The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour: One Cyclist’s Journey along the Shores of the Inland Seas.
By Thomas C. Shevory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Great Lakes Journey: A New Look at America’s Freshwater Coast.
By William Ashworth. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000.

The Mississippi: A Visual Biography.
By Quinta Scott. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2010.

Naked in the Stream: Isle Royale Stories.
By Vic Foerster. Traverse City, Mich.: Arbutus Press, 2010.  

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk: One Woman’s Trek along the Shorelines of all Five Great Lakes.
By Loreen Niewenhuis. Milwaukee, WI: Crickhollow Books, 2013.

Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, And Derleth.
By Robert L. Root. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu

Diverse Literature Belongs in Our Library

Books have the power to inspire and enlighten. Diversity in books, especially in literature published for youth, is essential. All children must see themselves in the pages of the books they read, especially as we inspire and motivate the next generation of Great Lakes and water leaders. The library continues to develop our collection to reflect the diverse members and experiences in our community of readers.

AGUA, AGUITA
By Jorge Argueta; illustrated by Felipe Ugalde; translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura. Houston: Piñata Books, an imprint of Arte Público Press, 2017.

ALL THE WAY TO THE OCEAN
By Joel Harper, illustrated by Marq Spusta. Claremont, CA: Freedom Three, 2006.

ALL THE WORLD
by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee. New York : Beach Lane Books, [2009]

ANISHINAABE COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK
Odanah, WI: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 2016.

BUZZING WITH QUESTIONS: THE INQUISITIVE MIND OF CHARLES HENRY TURNER
By Janice N. Harrington, Janice N. Honnesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2019.

CHANGING THE EQUATION: 50+ BLACK WOMEN IN STEM
By Tonya Bolden. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2020.

A COOL DRINK OF WATER
by Barbara Kerley. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2012.

THE EARTH BOOK
By Todd Parr. New York: Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, 2010.

EARTH DANCE
By Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Norman Gorbaty. New York, NY: Henry Holt, 1996.

EARTH BOOK FOR KIDS: ACTIVITIES TO HELP HEAL THE ENVIRONMENT
by Linda Schwartz ; illustrated by Beverly Armstrong. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Learning Works, c1990.

FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin; illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin. Bellevue, WA: Readers to Eaters, 2013.

GANAWENIMAA NIMAMAINAN AKI = RESPECT OUR MOTHER EARTH: A KID’S ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITY BOOKLET
By Sue Erickson; Dennis Soulier; Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. Odanah, WI : Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, [2005?]

GIMAAMAA-AKIIMINAAN GIMIIGWECHIWENDAAMIN : THANKFUL FOR OUR MOTHER EARTH: A KID’S MANOOMIN ACTIVITY BOOKLET
By Dylan Jennings; illustrated by Welsey Ballinger. Second edition. Odanah, WI: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, 2017.

GIMAAMAA-AKIIMINAAN GIMIIGWECHIWENDAAMIN : THANKFUL FOR OUR MOTHER EARTH: SPEARING THROUGH THE ICE, ACTIVITY BOOKLET
By Dylan Jennings; illustrated by Welsey Ballinger.  Odanah, WI: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, 2016.

GREEN, GREEN: A COMMUNITY GARDENING STORY
By Marie Lamb and Baldev Lamba. Pictures by Sonia Sanchez. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017.

GROWING UP OJIBWE
By Joshua M. Whitebird, Joshua M.; illustrated by Edward Benton-Banai. Odanah, WI : Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 2018.

HEH, WATER!
By Antoinette Portis. New York: Neal Porter Books,2019.

HEROES OF THE ENVIRONMENT: TRUE STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HELPING TO PROTECT OUR PLANET
By Harriet Rohmer, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2009.

IQBAL AND HIS INGENIOUS IDEA: HOW A SCIENCE PROJECT HELPS ONE FAMILY AND THE PLANET
By Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Rebecca Green. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2018.

KEEPERS OF THE EARTH: NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
By Michael J. Caduto. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Pub., 1997

KENYA’S ART
By Linda Trice; illustrated by Hazel Mitchell. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2016.

THE LITTLE MERMAID
By Jerry Pinkney. New York: Little Brown, 2020.

THE MAGIC FISH
By Trung Le Nguyen. New York: Random House, 2020.

THE MESS THAT WE MADE
By Michelle Lord, illustrated by Julia Blattman. Brooklyn, NY: Flash Light Press, 2020.

NANBOSHO, SOARING EAGLE AND THE GREAT STURGEON
By Joe McLellan, illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson. Winnipeg: Pemmican, 1993.

NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE GREAT LAKES
By Stuart A Kallen. San Diego, Calif.: Kidhaven Press, 2004.

THE OJIBWA: WILD RICE GATHERS
By Therese DeAngelis. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone, ©2004.

ONE PLASTIC BAG: ISATOU CEESAY AND THE RECYCLING WOMEN OF THE GAMBIA
By Miranda Paul; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. Minneapolis: Millbrook Press, 2015.

ONE WELL: THE STORY OF WATER ON EARTH
By Rochelle Strauss; illustrated by Rosemary Woods. Toronto: Kids Can Press, ©2007.

OVER AND UNDER THE POND
By Kate Messner; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2017.

RECYCLING DAY
By Edward Mille. New York: Holiday House, [2014]

A RIVER RAN WILD: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
By Lynne Cherry. San Diego: Harcourt Inc., [2002]

THE SACRED HARVEST: OJIBWAY WILD RICE GATHERING
By Gordon Regguinti; Dale Kakkak; Michael Dorris.  Minneapolis : Lerner Publications, 1992.

SCIENCE IS EVERYWHERE: SCIENCE IS FOR EVERYONE
By Jeanette Davis; illustrated by Philbert Washington. Atlanta, GA.: Mynd Matters Publishing, 2019.

SEEDS OF CHANGE
By Jen Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler. New York: Lee and Low Books, 2010.

SNOW FOR EVERYONE
By Antonie Schneider and Pei-Yu Change.  New York: North South Books, 2019.

STEPPING STONES: WALKING LAKE MICHIGAN
By Carol Ann Trembath. Evanston, IL: Lakeside Publishing, 2017.

THE STORY OF MANOOMIN
Cloquet, Minnesota : Fond du Lac Head Start, [2014]

THIS IS OUR WORLD: A STORY ABOUT TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH
By Emily Sollinger, illustrated by Jo Brown. New York: Little Simon, 2010.

TROUT ARE MADE OF TREES
By April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Kate Endle. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2008.

WANGARI MAATHAI: THE WOMAN WHO PLANTED A MILLION TREES
By Emmanuel Mbogo. Dar es Salaam: Vision Strategic Impact Limited, 2015.

THE WATER WALKER
By Joanne Robertson. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Second Story Press, 2017.

WATER WALKERS
By Carol Ann Trembath. Evanston, IL: Lakeside Publishing, 2014

WATER WALKERS: WALKING LAKE SUPERIOR
By Carol Ann Trembath. Evanston, IL: Lakeside Publishing, 2016.

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS
By Carole Lindstrom; illustrated by Michaela Goade. New York, NY : Roaring Brook Press, 2020.

WHAT’S THE POINT OF BEING GREEN?
By Jacqui Bailey. Hauppauge, NY:  B.E.S. Publishing, 2010.

WHERE’S RODNEY?
By Carmen Bogan; illustrated by Floyd Cooper. San Francisco, CA: Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite National Park, 2017.

YOUNG WATER PROTECTORS…A STORY ABOUT STANDING ROCK
By Aslan Tudor, co-written by Kelly Tudor. [n.p.] Eaglespeaker Publishing, [n.d.]

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2020

Today we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day!

First, we take this day to acknowledge the Indigenous people of Wisconsin, the past, current, and future stewards of this land we stand on. The Wisconsin Water Library at the University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. The place we now call Wisconsin is the ancestral land of many Native nations who call this place home, and we are honored to be a place of stories, memory, and living tradition for all.

Today, Wisconsin is home to twelve Native nations and indigenous people are an inextricable part of Wisconsin’s past and present, and yet, they are missing from our history and from the way we care for our earth. Wisconsin Sea Grant and the library acknowledge the crucial work we must do so that all approaches to water science and environmental stweardship are incorporated.

The Wisconsin Water Library is taking deliberate steps to expand its holdings of materials related to traditional knowledge and water. We acknowledge our collection is incomplete so please email Anne Moser with your suggestions (akmoser@aqua.wisc.edu).

Some of our favorites are:

Map of Wisconsin First Nations — Treaty lands in 1800 and present-day tribal lands. This map is an adaptation of the Native Nations Map from The Ways.
Ceded territories by GLIFWC
Ceded Territories, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
https://www.glifwc.org/ 

To learn more about American Indians in Wisconsin, check out https://wisconsinfirstnations.org/

Environmental Justice + #BlackLivesMatter

By Anne Moser and Laura Killingsworth

What is environmental justice?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies.”

How does it relate to social justice?

In the United States, structural racism is inextricably linked to environmental racism. A disproportionate burden of environmental harm falls on BIPOC (black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities and on working class neighborhoods.Harmful infrastructure such as landfills, poor drinking water systems and lack of safe play spaces and harmful practices including a lack of investment in communities, leads to poorer physical and mental health. As our society continues to grapple with the very real effects of climate change, these negative consequences will continue to displace marginalized communities at an even more severe level.

Without environmental justice, can we have full social justice?

There is no environmental justice without full social justice, and there is no full social justice without environmental justice. Our core values as librarians surround access to information, and how various societal issues prevent that from happening. We have a duty to dismantle these systemic barriers, meaning that every societal issue is a library issue as well, and something we should be addressing. There is much work to do in terms of advancing social justice and anti-racist initiatives for the black members of our community, and to affirm that black lives DO matter.  Further, these conversations belong at the center of any conversation surrounding environmental justice.

Reading List

We have created this reading list as a means of providing information and facilitating critical thinking surrounding these topics. This list is meant to be an introduction, and is by no means exhaustive. If you have resources or readings to add regarding environmental justice and social justice, please send an email to Anne Moser akmoser@aqua.wisc.edu.


Books and articles

As Long as the Grass Grows: the Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to… Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker.
Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney
Clean and White: a History of Environmental Racism in the United States by Carl A Zimring.
Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson.
Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices from the Grassroots by Robert Doyle Bullard.
Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change edited by Susanne C Moser and Lisa Dilling.
Defending Mother Earth: Native American Perspectives on Environmental Justice by Jace Weaver.
Diamond: a Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor by Steve Lerner.
Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality by Robert D Bullard.
Cleere, Rickie, “Environmental Racism and the Movement for Black Lives: Grassroots Power in the 21st Century” (2016). Pomona Senior Theses.
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman.
From the Ground up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement by Luke W Cole and Sheila R Foster.
Garbage Wars: the Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago by David Naguib Pellow.
The Human Right to Water: Legal and Policy Dimensions by Salman M A Salman.
Justice and Natural Resources: Concepts, Strategies, and Applications edited by Kathryn M Mutz; Gary C Bryner; Douglas S Kenney.
Landrigan, P. J., Rauh, V. A., & Galvez, M. P. (2010). Environmental justice and the health of childrenThe Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, New York77(2), 178–187.
Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes.
Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town by Melissa Checker.
Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage by Dianne D. Glave.
The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution by Robert D Bullard.
Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor by Rob Nixon.
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva.
Struggle for the Land: Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Colonization by Ward Churchill.
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington.
There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities by Ingrid Waldron.
Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution and Residential Mobility by Dorceta E. Taylor.
Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
What Is Critical Environmental Justice? by David Naguib Pellow.
Why Race and Class Matter to the Environmental Movement, article in Grist

Readings on the Flint Water Crisis

A Case Study of Environmental Injustice: The Failure in Flint by Carla Campbell, Rachael Greenberg, Deepa Mankikar, and Ronald D. RossInt J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Oct; 13(10): 951
Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis by Benjamin J. Pauli.
Iowa State University Libraries Libguide on Flint Water Crisis
The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anne (Anna Leigh) Clark.
What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Books for Youth

It’s Our World, Too! Stories of Young People Who Are Making a Difference by By Phillip Hoose.
A River Ran Wild: an Environmental History by Lynne Cherry
Read a previous post from our blog about young activists raising their voices about climate change: https://waterlibrary.aqua.wisc.edu/our-new-library-display-kids-take-action/

Curated Book Lists

New York Times June 5, 2020 – Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment

Other resources

US EPA Environmental Justice – https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice
Resources from the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley.
The American Environmental Justice Movement from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (peer-reviewed)
Bowling Green State University Libraries Libguide on Environmental Justice

 

1 Pellow, D. (2016). TOWARD A CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE STUDIES: Black Lives Matter as an Environmental Justice Challenge. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 13(2), 221-236. doi:10.1017/S1742058X1600014X

Goodbye to a GREAT collaborator and friend!

During this time of social distancing, I am sad to be writing at home to say goodbye to a friend and collaborator I have had the honor of working with over the past several years.  For a long time, as an outreach librarian, I wanted to teach kiddos about underwater exploration but had no idea how to approach it. I sought help from Maritime Archaeology program at the Wisconsin Historical Society and they paired me with an intern, Tori Kiefer. Tori and I have worked closely over the years to expand what Wisconsin Sea Grant and the library can offer in shipwreck education. She brought her expertise to me and we worked together to produce an informal education program that kids and adults have loved. I shall forever remember how cool the Silver Lake is, the only double centerboard scow schooner shipwreck found in the Great Lakes.  I will probably never don a wet suit and dive for shipwrecks, I owe my passion for teaching the subject to my friend.

I wish her well as she moves on to her next adventure. Tori: you will be missed!!

The WWLibrary and COVID-19

Like so many institutions around the world, the Wisconsin Water Library has temporarily closed its doors today, March 16, 2020 until the UW Madison opens again (after spring break and the alternative instruction period), tentatively scheduled for April 10. Though the physical space is closed, library staff are here in the virtual space to help with your library or research needs.

Library resources include:
For faculty, staff, and students section of the library website
Water Resource Guide – updated March 16, 2020
Askwater reference service – library staff can be reached via email for all reference questions and research inquiries that may arise during this time.
Follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Take good care.

Anne and Laura

Photo by Steve Reichel

Fifty-One Students (and Five Brave Educators) Go on a Field Trip

Special blog post by Perry Smith and Susan Jurries
Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Elementary
Woodruff, Wisconsin
May 3, 2019

On Thursday, April 25, 2019 fifty-one fourth graders, four teachers, and one paraprofessional educator boarded the bus at 8:15 AM for the 160 mile trip to Superior, WI and Duluth, MN from our school in Woodruff, Wisconsin. We were followed by a caravan of fifteen parents and guardians, all for the purpose of experiencing the twin ports on Lake Superior. This adventure is an integral part of our Learning Expedition entitled What’s so Great About the Great Lakes? This two month, in-depth study is a multidisciplinary exploration of the geography, history, ecology and economic impact of the Great Lakes.

Our first stop was The University of Wisconsin, Superior, where the students took part in a campus tour, and got a small taste of what college is all about. Many AV-W alumni attend UW Superior, and this stop allowed our students to begin to realize some of the educational options they will have in the future.

 

Next on the agenda was a visit to the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, located in Duluth right next to the world famous Aerial Lift Bridge. Our timing was impeccable, as the 1,004 foot Laker the Edwin H. Gott was just pulling into the Duluth Ship Canal. The bridge raised, the horns sounded, and the students were thrilled to witness this behemoth of the lakes up close and personal! They were also amazed to witness the descent of the bridge, and experience the low clearance the pedestrian walkway underneath the bridge offers.

Next to enter the Ship Canal was the Saltie called the Federal Barents. The scale of this ship, while less impressive than the Gott, illustrated first hand to the students the limitations that the Welland Canal imposes on international shipping in the Great Lakes. Also, it was fascinating to hear the students wondering about the ballast water, and making connections to their learning about invasive species.

After the excitement of the Lift Bridge and Ship Canal, we next explored the Maritime Visitor Center. We experienced an excellent program about the Soo Locks, and were disappointed that our Edmund Fitzgerald program was cancelled, due to a family emergency for one of the Visitor Center rangers. We explored the exhibits and learned more about the history of shipping, the economic impact of the lakes, and the role of the Army Corps of Engineers in maintaining access to the ports. We also enjoyed the scavenger hunt provided by the rangers.

We boarded the bus for our next stop, the Hartley Nature Center. We hiked to the top of Rock Knob, which gave us a great view of Lake Superior and the cities of Duluth and Superior. We also were able to experience some of the geology of the Canadian Shield first hand.

It was time to travel to our home for the night, The Great Lakes Aquarium. We explored the exhibits, experienced the touch pools, and one of the huge highlights, were able to get acquainted with the six different types of sturgeon in the sturgeon touch pool.

Our students were also able to continue their invasive species research, watch the otters play, and learn more about the formation geologic history of the Great Lakes.

After a restful (!) night, we were up early to reflect on our learning from the day before, as well as do a bit of shopping in the aquarium gift shop.

We were then on our way to the North Shore Scenic Railroad. We toured the exhibits, learned about the unique immigration history of Duluth, and then boarded train for a two hour ride up through Duluth, getting a very unique vantage point of Lake Superior.

Finally, our last stop was at Amnicon Falls State Park, where we took a very brief hike, and enjoyed our last meal together on the trip.

The bus ride back home was very quiet. The students learned and experienced so much! Thank you, Sea Grant and The Center for Great Lakes Literacy for helping to make this trip possible.

 

In Their Own Words:

Prediction: Kendra: “I believe I am going to see a lot of fish. I also believe I am going to lots of fun with my friends. I am really excited because this is my first time going to Duluth. I am really excited to see new things, and go the aquarium. But when we get there I am going to show Integrity and do the right thing.”

UW Superior: Lily: “One career I may be interested in would be teaching. I am interested in teaching because I am comfortable talking in front of people. I also enjoy working with little kids. The Habit of Scholarship I feel would be most important in college would be Grit. I use Grit at AV-W working hard to finish challenging work.”

Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center: Miranda: “How did people build such amazing machinery, back in the olden days? Some of the amazing machinery was the huge Laker that 4th grade saw, and the Lift bridge that the 4th grade saw.”

Great Lakes Aquarium: Maya: “I will never forget the aquarium, like the waterfall, the animals and sleeping. It was fun! It did not even look close to what I thought, it was even better! I learned that Bob the Python adjusts to the heat of your body temp.” Allison: “I learned that most underwater animals don’t have eyelids.”

North Shore Scenic Railroad: Nahla: I loved this train excursion! To start with, this was my first train ride. Also, at the last car of the train had no walls, so it was open and kind of scary. Last but not least, I’m glad I went on the train ride.” Mason: “I will never forget the train museum. One train in there was my favorite. It was a big plow train, and I loved playing in it pretending I was driving. Even some friends joined in.”

All photos unless otherwise noted by Susan Jurries and Perry Smith

Cureo joins the Advisory Services Team

Rosalind Cuneo joined the UW Sea Grant Institute as a graduate assistant in September, and is working with Anne Moser and Kathy Kline on several Water Library and education projects. Rosalind is a master’s student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and her interdisciplinary research focuses on climate change communication. Rosalind recently returned from Alaska, where she was studying perceptions and effects of climate change on the Kenai Peninsula, and is eager to turn her attention to water resources in the Great Lakes.

Rosalind’s projects include an exciting opportunity to bring a Lake Sturgeon-centered art exhibit to multiple venues in Wisconsin. The exhibit, called “Black Gold” features art from a variety of artists. Rosalind and Anne are organizing gallery spaces, as well as educational satellite events for kids and adults, to bring attention to the Lake Sturgeon’s conservation story. Additionally, Rosalind is collecting and organizing materials for curriculum packs such as the aquatic invasive species-focused “Attack Pack” to be sent out across the Great Lakes region.

Marine and Freshwater Librarians to Visit Madison Next Week

May 9, 2017

By Marie Zhuikov

A unique group of librarians is holding its first conference in the Great Lakes region next week. They are librarians who specialize in marine and freshwater science topics and who belong to a regional branch of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers. Their conference, “Great Lakes, Great Libraries,” is being held in Madison, May 16-19.

“This is the first time in 27 years that we’ve had our regional annual conference in a freshwater state,” said Anne Moser, senior special librarian with the Wisconsin Water Library. She is organizing the conference along with Alisun DeKock, another Great Lakes librarian from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

The regional group, called SAIL, is comprised of libraries on the East Coast and in Great Lakes communities of the U.S. and Canada, along with several foreign countries like Bermuda and Panama. Approximately 25 librarians will be at the Pyle Center to hear presentations by their membership on innovative library practices as well as to learn about the science of local watersheds. SAIL members will present recent projects related to digital asset management, managing big data, and ways to communicate and translate scientific information.

Read more.

Clean Water and Tribal Rights

By Sigrid Peterson

The ongoing resistance and civil disobedience of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies in opposition to the $3.8B Dakota Access Pipeline reminds us of multiple longstanding historical, cultural, economic and political debates. These debates sit at the intersection of multiple issues: Native American land rights, the right to clean water, extraction industry, fossil fuels, grassroots organizing, everyday acts of resistance, the cultural and political-economic tension between land tenure and land improvements, spiritual relationships to Mother Earth among many others.

The library has an ongoing book display of a small subset of the resources in our collection that help us think through this complex, urgent and intertwined array of issues. Here is a sampling:

All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life The Human Right to Water: legal and policy dimensions
Defending mother earth: Native American perspectives on environmental justice Water Consciousness: how we all have to change to protect our most critical resource

 

To learn more, send a message to askwater [at] aqua.wisc.edu. We can send you a full list of our resources.