"The Birdman of Koshkonong" with Martha Bergland

Fine Arts Center
Event Type

The CWBF welcomes author Martha Bergland to the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids for a fascinating talk about an important Wisconsin naturalist, Thure Kumlien!

Bergland is author of the acclaimed 2021 book "The Birdman of Koshkonong: The life of naturalist Thure Kumlien." Although he is not as well-known as Aldo Leopold, John Muir or Increase Lapham (the latter whom Bergland also wrote about), Kumlien possessed sharp scientific mind and an unparalleled enthusiasm for the birds and plants he studied in southeast Wisconsin in the mid- to late-1800s. He left indelible impressions on many, but Bergland's book rightly elevates Kumlien's stature among the Badger State's fabled naturalists. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading.

This event is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Support for the 2022 Central Wisconsin Book Festival was provided through the Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency; the Community Foundation; and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation.

Support also provided in part by the Ruder Ware Law Firm; the Dudley Foundation; the Marathon County Public Library Foundation; the Portage County Public Library Foundation; McMillan Memorial Library; the CoVantage Cares Foundation; Whitewater Music Hall; Bound to Happen Books; and Janke Book Store. 

Martha Bergland