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During the 2016-2017 academic year YVC’s Arts and Sciences Division will lead in celebrating the work of Aldo Leopold. First published in 1949, A Sand County Almanac is considered one of the cornerstones for modern conservation science, policy, and ethics. To learn more about his famous work visit: www.aldoleopold.org.​

Upcoming Events: 

April 18, 2017  7:00pm  Deccio Higher Education Center, Building 8, Parker Room
Film Showing, The Messenger

Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary The Messenger explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, The Messenger brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers.​


April 20, 2017 ● 11:30am-2:00pm ● Hopf Union Building, Building 9, Activity Area
Earth Fest

An education festival, Earth Fest will feature interactive stations reflecting Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac (1949). The exhibits will touch on one or more of three Leopold themes: an interest in the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to the land; land is a community to which people belong; and land is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.


April 20, 2017 ● 7:00pm ● Kendall Hall, Building 12, Auditorium
Ghost Birds
Visiting Lecture by Stephen Lyn Bales

By the early 1930s, America had already lost several of its avian species. The last passenger pigeon died in 1914, the last Carolina parakeet in 1918 and the last heath hen was seen in 1932. Couldn't something be done to save the vanishing species that still existed? But, if so, what? The roots of the modern day effort to save endangered species can be traced back to the efforts of the National Audubon Society and Arthur Allen's Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They assigned a young doctoral candidate named Jim Tanner the task of studying a single species, the "Ghost Bird" of the South: the vanishing ivory-billed woodpecker. What did Tanner learn in his three-year search through the cypress swamps of the Gulf Coast states? Join Tennessee naturalist/author Stephen Lyn Bales and find out.​

Stephen Lyn Bales is senior naturalist at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee and the author of Natural Histories, Ghost Birds and new this summer Ephemeral by Nature. All published by the University of Tennessee Press.

Following the lecture a book-signing and refreshments will be served in the YVC Bookstore.​


April 26, 2017 ● 7:00pm ● Kendall Hall, Building 12, Auditorium
The Sentience of Trees and Other Nagging Notions
Faculty Lecture with Mark Fuzie, English Instructor

In his lecture, The Sentience of Trees and Other Nagging Notions, Fuzie shares some current research that makes him consider whether trees suffer or have "telos," and whether animism (the attribution of a soul) is such a crazy idea in a scientismic conscience. Such ideas have brought him to reconsider Leopold's claim that humans are "mere members of the biotic community." Through stories, poems, and science Fuzie speculates on a continuum of obligation and duty for moral agents living as physical (and spiritual?) members of any biota.

Mark Fuzie is a poet and short story writer when he is not teaching writing at YVC. He lives in Yakima with his wife, daughter, five dogs, numerous fish, lizards, and whatever critters come into the household. He also has two grown sons. He is a founding member and current board member of The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets. He is currently working on a new collection of contemporary folk tales.​

​​Learn More: ​
For more information contact Dr. Ken Zontek at 509.574.4802 or kzontek@yvcc.edu​