Now in its 52nd year, the Joseph Jenkins Lecture Series features educational and entertaining presentations on environmental, natural history, and scientific topics. Lectures are held Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at the Cable Community Center. Lectures are free, but donations are always accepted.

 

Joseph Jenkins Lecture Series 2016 Programs

 

Wednesday, July 6

Strange beasts and odd relatives: How molecular data has re-arranged our understanding of the tree of life

The five-kingdom system is a thing of the past. New analyses have revealed more diversity than we ever imagined. In this talk, Meredith Thomsen,  Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, will explore our current understanding of that diversity, with an emphasis on oddball organisms and some surprisingly close relatives. 7:00 p.m. at the Cable Community Centre. Sponsored by Henry and Jodi Kingdon. Donations welcome.

 

Wednesday, July 13

Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change

Join Stan Temple, Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation to learn about Aldo Leopold, best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, who was a keen observer of the natural world. Leopold’s meticulous phenological observations have provided us with an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Comparing his observations of hundreds of natural events to recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community. One lesson of Leopold’s journals is clear: For those who love nature and take time to observe it closely, keeping records enhances the enjoyment and value of our time and effort, both now and in the future. 7:00 p.m. at the Cable Community Centre. Sponsored by Henry and Jodi Kingdon. Donations welcome.

 

Wednesday, July 20

Field Trip to a Poor Fen

What is a fen? Why is it poor? And what beautiful creatures live there? Join Sparky Stensaas, author of six books on the natural history of the North Woods, to explore the magical Namakagon Fen State Natural Area 10 miles east of Cable. Meet at the parking area for the Forest Lodge Nature Trail and carpool from there. Dress for the weather, sun, and bugs, and wear shoes that can get wet.Expect unstable footing and no trails. 1:00-4:00 p.m.Register by July 19. $5 members/$10 non-member.

 

Wednesday, July 20

Dinner with author and naturalist, Sparky Stensaas

Join Sparky Stensaas, author of six books on the natural history of the North Woods, for dinner conversation at the Rivers Eatery.5:30-6:30 p.m. Then see his lecture at the Cable Community Centre.

 

Wednesday, July 20

Owls to Orchids: Magic and Mystery in Our Northern Bogs

Join Sparky Stensaas, author of six books on the natural history of the North Woods, to answer the question: Are bogs really dark, dank, mosquito-infested swamps? Through Sparky’s spectacular HD video and still images we’ll explore our northern black spruce and tamarack bogs…without getting our feet wet or frozen! Meet the bird that grows snowshoes, the devious orchid that outsmarts bumblebees, and the death-defying frog. The stars of the show will be some cooperative great gray owls and northern hawk owl families caught on HD video. 7:00 p.m. at the Cable Community Centre. Sponsored by Henry and Jodi Kingdon. Donations welcome.

 

Wednesday, July 27

Workshop: Foraging Edible Wild Plants with Sam Thayer

Join Sam Thayer, author of Forager’s Harvest, to learn about identification, harvesting, conservation, and preparation of wild plants through hands-on experience. Workshop will include walking and standing on uneven ground. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the Cable Community Farm from1:00-4:00 p.m. Space is limited. Register by July 26.$20 member/$25 non-member.*

 

Wednesday, July 27

Dinner with author and wild edible expert, Sam Thayer

Join Sam Thayer, author of Forager’s Harvest, for engaging dinner conversation at the Rivers Eatery. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Then see his lecture at the Cable Community Centre.

 

Wednesday, July 27

Foraging Edible Wild Plants with Sam Thayer

Join Sam Thayer, author of Forager’s Harvest, to learn about identification, harvesting, conservation, and preparation of wild plants. Sam has foraged extensively for his personal use, and can help us see plants in a new way. 7:00 p.m. at the Cable Community Centre. Sponsored by Henry and Jodi Kingdon. Donations welcome.