The work of Aldo Leopold, who has been called the father of wildlife management, will be celebrated across the country, including several Midcoast communities, the first weekend of March, designated Aldo Leopold Weekend by the Aldo Leopold Foundation of Baraboo, Wis.

Leopold was a hunter, forester, conservationist, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast. He established the first federal wilderness in 1922 and wrote the first textbook on wildlife management. Each year during the first week of March, communities across the country celebrate Leopold's pioneering work and ideas.

On Friday, March 2, Georges River Land Trust, in partnership with Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, will host a 4:30 p.m. screening of “Green Fire” (2011, USA/Mexico) at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland.

The Emmy Award-winning film runs just under an hour and explores Leopold’s career and his enduring influence — tracing how he shaped the modern conservation movement and continues to inspire projects all over the country that connect people and the land.

The free screening will be hosted by The Friends, Eliza Bailey of GRLT and Christine Parrish, environmental writer for The Free Press and organizer of the local Weekend events.

On Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., Lincolnville Community Library will host reading from Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac,” one of the best-loved conservation classics of all time, followed by a nature walk.

At the library’s Lincolnville Reads Leopold event, community members will read parts of their favorite essays from “A Sand County Almanac,” as well as share short personal stories related to the essays, punctuated with music by Will Brown and others. Attendees will be invited to share stories about the land as time permits before the walk.

The Lincolnville event will be hosted by Jim and Cindy Dunham. People should bring shoes suited for the walk. The library is at 208 Main St./routes 173/52 in Lincolnville Center. For more information, call 706-3896 or email

On Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m., the Weekend concludes with Camden Wings Leopold. Parrish, Jim Campbell, Lois Anne and friends will do an interactive reading of Leopold’s essays on woodcock, bird behavior and wilderness, with a few dramatic turns to keep it lively.

For more information about Leopold and his work, visit