Arlie (Bill) Schorger, a faculty member in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology from 1951 – 1971, will be posthumously inducted into the the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday, April 14.
As a man of many talents, Arlie (Bill) Schorger excelled as a chemist, inventor, businessman, and wildlife conservationist. He became a UW-Madison professor of wildlife management in 1951 after retiring from a business career in paper chemistry and devoted the rest of his productive life to advancing conservation through his research and writings. In conservation circles he is most well known for his work as a nature historian and for his books on the life histories of Wisconsin’s wildlife and man’s impact on them.
Schorger was a renowned ornithologist and published a book about the extinct passenger pigeon in 1955.
“Bill Schorger was Wisconsin’s best natural historian,” says Stan Temple, the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. “He never saw a live passenger pigeon, but he doggedly unearthed thousands of early records of the pigeon in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and used them to reconstruct the pigeon’s story.”
Schorger earned the rank of professor emeritus in 1955 and continued teaching until 1971.