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On this SlideShare page, you will find several Power Point presentations, one for eachof the most popular essays to read a...
The Choral Copse
By September, the daybreaks with little helpfrom birds. A songsparrow may give asingle half-hearted song,a woodcock may tw...
a barred owl mayterminate the nightsargument with one lastwavering call, but fewother birds haveanything to say or singabo...
It is on some, but not all, of these misty autumn daybreaksthat one may hear the chorus of the quail.
The silence is suddenly broken by a dozen contralto voices, no longer ableto restrain their praise of the day to come. Aft...
There is a peculiar virtue in the music of elusive birds. Songsters thatsing from top-most boughs are easily seen and as e...
What one remembers is the invisible hermit thrush pouring silver chordsfrom impenetrable shadows; the soaring crane trumpe...
the prairie chicken booming from the mists of nowhere;
the quails Ave Maria in thehush of dawn.
No naturalist has evenseen the choral act, forthe covey is still on itsinvisible roost in thegrass, and any attemptto appr...
In June it is completely predictable that the robin will givevoice when the light intensity reaches 0.01 candle power,and ...
In autumn, on the other hand, the robin is silent and it is quiteunpredictable whether the covey-chorus will occur at all.
The disappointment I feel on these mornings of silence perhaps showsthat things hoped for have a higher value than things ...
My farm always has one or more coveys in autumn, but the daybreakchorus is usually distant.
I think this is because the coveys prefer to roost as far as possible from thedog, whose interest in quail is even more ar...
One October dawn, however, as I sat sipping coffeeby the outdoor fire, a chorus burst into song hardlya stones throwaway.
They had roosted under a white-pine copse, possibly to stay dryduring the heavy dews.
We felt honored by this daybreak hymn sung almost at our doorstep.
Somehow the blue autumnal needles on those pinesbecame thenceforth bluer, and the red carpet of dewberryunder those pines ...
Photo Credits•Historic photographs: Aldo Leopold Foundation archives•A Sand County Almanac photographs by Michael Sewell•D...
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The Choral Copse

  1. 1. On this SlideShare page, you will find several Power Point presentations, one for eachof the most popular essays to read aloud from A Sand County Almanac at Aldo LeopoldWeekend events. Each presentation has the essay text right on the slides, paired withbeautiful images that help add a visual element to public readings. Dave Winefske (AldoLeopold Weekend event planner from Argyle, Wisconsin) gets credit for putting thesetogether. Thanks Dave!A note on images within the presentations: we have only received permission to usethese images within these presentations, as part of this event. You will see a photo creditslide as the last image in every presentation. Please be sure to show that slide to youraudience at least once, and if you dont mind leaving it up to show at the end of eachessay, that is best. Also please note that we do not have permission to use these imagesoutside of Aldo Leopold Weekend reading event presentations. For example, the imagesthat come from the Aldo Leopold Foundation archive are not “public domain,” yet we seeunauthorized uses of them all the time on the internet. So, hopefully that’s enough saidon this topic—if you have any questions, just let us know. mail@aldoleopold.orgIf you download these presentations to use in your event, feel free to delete this introslide before showing to your audience.
  2. 2. The Choral Copse
  3. 3. By September, the daybreaks with little helpfrom birds. A songsparrow may give asingle half-hearted song,a woodcock may twitteroverhead en route to hisdaytime thicket,
  4. 4. a barred owl mayterminate the nightsargument with one lastwavering call, but fewother birds haveanything to say or singabout.
  5. 5. It is on some, but not all, of these misty autumn daybreaksthat one may hear the chorus of the quail.
  6. 6. The silence is suddenly broken by a dozen contralto voices, no longer ableto restrain their praise of the day to come. After a brief minute or two, themusic closes as suddenly as it began.
  7. 7. There is a peculiar virtue in the music of elusive birds. Songsters thatsing from top-most boughs are easily seen and as easily forgotten; theyhave the mediocrity, of the obvious.
  8. 8. What one remembers is the invisible hermit thrush pouring silver chordsfrom impenetrable shadows; the soaring crane trumpeting from behind acloud;
  9. 9. the prairie chicken booming from the mists of nowhere;
  10. 10. the quails Ave Maria in thehush of dawn.
  11. 11. No naturalist has evenseen the choral act, forthe covey is still on itsinvisible roost in thegrass, and any attemptto approachautomatically inducessilence.
  12. 12. In June it is completely predictable that the robin will givevoice when the light intensity reaches 0.01 candle power,and that the bedlam of other singers will follow inpredictable sequence.
  13. 13. In autumn, on the other hand, the robin is silent and it is quiteunpredictable whether the covey-chorus will occur at all.
  14. 14. The disappointment I feel on these mornings of silence perhaps showsthat things hoped for have a higher value than things assured. The hopeof hearing quail is worth half a dozen risings-in-the-dark.
  15. 15. My farm always has one or more coveys in autumn, but the daybreakchorus is usually distant.
  16. 16. I think this is because the coveys prefer to roost as far as possible from thedog, whose interest in quail is even more ardent than my own.
  17. 17. One October dawn, however, as I sat sipping coffeeby the outdoor fire, a chorus burst into song hardlya stones throwaway.
  18. 18. They had roosted under a white-pine copse, possibly to stay dryduring the heavy dews.
  19. 19. We felt honored by this daybreak hymn sung almost at our doorstep.
  20. 20. Somehow the blue autumnal needles on those pinesbecame thenceforth bluer, and the red carpet of dewberryunder those pines became even redder.
  21. 21. Photo Credits•Historic photographs: Aldo Leopold Foundation archives•A Sand County Almanac photographs by Michael Sewell•David Wisnefske, Sugar River Valley Pheasants Forever, Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, WisconsinEnvironmental Education Foundation, Argyle Land Ethic Academy (ALEA)•UW Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium, R. Freckmann, V.Kline, E. Judziewicz, K. Kohout, D. Lee, K Sytma, R.Kowal, P. Drobot, D. Woodland, A. Meeks, R. Bierman•Curt Meine, (Aldo Leopold Biographer)•Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Education for Kids (EEK)•Hays Cummins, Miami of Ohio University•Leopold Education Project, Ed Pembleton•Bird Pictures by Bill Schmoker•Pheasants Forever, Roger Hill•Ruffed Grouse Society•US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Forest Service•Eric Engbretson•James Kurz•Owen Gromme Collection•John White & Douglas Cooper•National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)•Ohio State University Extension, Buckeye Yard and Garden Online•New Jersey University, John Muir Society, Artchive.com, and Labor Law Talk

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