Wisconsin's Green FireAmbassadors

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Dr. Stanley Temple

Dr. Stanley Temple became interested in birds and conservation as a young child, with a particular interest in preventing extinctions. With a focus on avian ecology, Temple earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He spent 32 years teaching and researching at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the faculty position previously held by Aldo Leopold and Joe Hickey. Temple is now the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation. He researched and conserved some of the world’s most critically endangered birds like whooping cranes, peregrine falcons, California condors, and the Mauritius kestrel. He taught over 10,000 students and authored over 320 articles and seven books, including Wisconsin Birds: A Seasonal and Geographic Guide.

Prominent mentors like Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, and Tom Cade, founder of The Peregrine Fund, instilled in Temple his love of wildlife and his passion for connecting people with the science behind nature conservation. Since 2007, he has been Senior Fellow for the Aldo Leopold Foundation, previously serving as their first Science Advisor beginning in 1984. He has received numerous prestigious conservation awards from the Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, and more. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame in 2020.

Temple has served as an Ambassador for Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) since 2023. On why he became a WGF Ambassador, Temple said, “one thing that I find unique and very appealing is that Wisconsin’s Green Fire isn’t focused on any one particular aspect of environmental conservation, but how you address a range of important issues. I support its focus on using evidence-based science to address environmental problems. As an ambassador, I hope simply to use my credentials, my reputation, and hopefully the fact that people trust me as a scientist because of the things that I’ve done throughout my career, to help Wisconsin’s Green Fire advance its mission.”