Joseph Hickey became the second professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Wildlife Management. In 1948, shortly after Aldo Leopold’s death, Hickey was appointed head of the department.
Years earlier, as an graduate student at Madison, Hickey wrote A Guide to Bird Watching as his master’s thesis. The book is still in print and used by many who want to pursue various aspects of birding, from banding to song identification.
Among his many conservation contributions, Hickey played an important role in helping to unravel the connection between declines in bird populations and the effects of chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides such as DDT.