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May 27, 2020 46 min

Host Keith Crowley talks with writer Ken Blomberg about the impact Art Hawkins had on wildlife science in the mid-20th Century. Hawkins was one of Aldo Leopold's students at the University of Wisconsin, and he went on to establish many modern methods of surveying wildlife populations including the invention of transects. Hawkins, along with Frank Bellrose  saved the American Wood Duck and Hawkins was a founding member of the Wood Duck Society. Hawkins and Bellrose designed the first wood duck houses and experimented with locating and design. Ken Blomberg continued a correspondence with Hawkins through many years and his new book "Letters from Art: Standing Tall in the Shadow of Aldo Leopold" is full of insights into Hawkins, Leopold, and many other giants of conservation. We also discuss Ken's German Shorthairs and how Aldo Leopold's famous dog Gus has direct blood ties to Blomberg's GSPs.

Show Notes:

Letters from Art: Standing Tall in the Shadow of Aldo Leopold
Ken Blomberg Bio
Eau Pleine Kennels 
Wood Duck Society


Theme Music: Grip of the Black Gold
Songwriter: Steve Blexrud
Performed by Steve Blexrud and Thunderheads

Books by Keith Crowley

  • Pheasant Dogs: Stories from the Field
  • Gordon MacQuarrie: The Story of an Old Duck Hunter
  • Wildlife in the Badlands 
  • Keith Crowley's published wildlife and sporting photography can be found at

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