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January Audubon meeting to feature Bill Berry

Metro Wire Staff

A former journalist will speak at the January meeting of Stevens Point chapter of the Aubodon Society.

Bill Berry, a former editor of the Stevens Point Journal, will speak at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16. According to a news release from the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society, Berry will speak about citizen activism and the environmental movement.

Berry will offer insight on the history of some of the grassroots efforts in Wisconsin, to include a citizen-led battle against the pesticide DDT, which 50 years ago was sprayed on trees to help control Dutch elm disease. The chemical was also harmful to many species of bird, kicking off six months of hearings before the state legislature and a lengthy legal battle by the Citizens Natural Resources Association of Wisconsin and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Berry’s presentation puts the spotlight on how it all came together, including the work of central Wisconsin citizens who were involved in the effort.

Berry has been covering the environment as a journalist, writer, communications specialist, and researcher for five decades. He lives in Stevens Point with his wife, Nick Schultz.

Audubon programs are free and open to the public. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Lincoln Center, 1519 Water St.