WICOLA Videos

Barbara Jones, Professor of Physics, retired
University of California San Diego
Enbridge Line 3 Oil Pipeline - Part 1
-- Oil, Pipelines & Climate
September 14, 2021

Barb Jones leads us in investigating why the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline project generates such passion. This first session covers where the oil comes from, how it is transported, and who uses it.  Each barrel consumed puts more greenhouse gas into the air. There are ways to reduce our fossil fuel use and still maintain a comfortable lifestyle.  If we are to avoid the worst aspects of climate change we must go electric, adopt clean energy sources, and keep the oil and gas in the ground.

Frank Bibeau, Tribal Attorney
Honor the Earth and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe
Enbridge Line 3 Oil Pipeline - Part 2
-- Impact on indigenous communities in Minnesota
September 21, 2021

Frank's presentation explores how the Line 3 pipeline will affect indigenous communities in Minnesota, and the climate/environmental justice movement generally. Frank is an expert on Treaty Rights, and discusses his legal strategies to stop Line 3.  Frank completed a Bachelor's degree in political science from Bemidji State University in 1985.  The following year, while working at the Minnesota Legislative Session, Frank met Winona LaDuke and they started working on wild rice protection and labeling laws.  He graduated from the William Mitchell School of Law in 2000. Frank’s legal work focuses on the Treaty rights of tribes and members to help protect the natural resources for future generations. 

Thomas Gable, Project Lead
The Voyageurs Wolf Project
-- Understanding the Secret Lives of Wolves in the Northwoods
August 31, 2021

The Voyageurs Wolf Project was started to address one of the biggest knowledge gaps in wolf ecology: what do wolves do during the summer in forested ecosystems?  With the help of advanced GPS-tracking technology and remote video cameras, the Voyageurs Wolf Project has been able to get an unprecedented look at the summer ecology of wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem in Northern Minnesota.

Paul Colwell, Manager
Ely-Winton Historical Society and Museum
September 7, 2021

Paul presents an overview of the Ely-Winton Historical Society and Museum that is located at the Vermillion Community College (VCC) in Ely, MN.  The Society’s mission is to preserve and transmit the history and heritage of the Ely-Winton area.  Paul Colwell, originally from Texas, has experience with historical research, archive management, community relations and social media.  He has a great passion for local history, and is looking forward to helping the Society expand its outreach efforts through social media and other platforms.

WICOLA Annual Meeting
Jeff Pike, President
Bill Bailey, Treasurer
August 12, 2021

WICOLA President Jeff Pike presents accomplishments from the past year with emphasis on water monitoring, AIS awareness & prevention, community involvement and member communication. Bill Bailey, Treasurer, presents financial results from 2020, forecast for 2021 and the benefits of a strong financial position.

David Doniger & Jessica Hellman
Federal climate policy and its impact to Minnesota
August 10, 2021

David Doniger, the senior strategic director of the Climate & Clean Energy Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) presents federal climate policy to the Ely Tuesday Group

Jessica Hellman, the director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and the Ecolab Chair in Environmental Leadership relates federal policy to the Minnesota context, adding commentary on private corporate actions beyond federal policy.

Tanner Ott, Project Manager
Alley A Realty / Ott Historic Rehab
Preserving a Sense of Place - Ely, MN
August 3, 2021

Tanner Ott, Project Manager for Alley A Realty / Ott Historic Rehab presented recent redevelopment & revitalization projects and previewed future innovative initiatives in Ely, Minnesota to the Ely Tuesday Group. He highlighted various recent restoration projects including Ely's historic State Theater that was originally built in 1936 during the Golden Age of Hollywood in an effort to "Preserve a Strong Sense of Place."

Meg Duhr, Research Outreach Specialist
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
University of Minnesota
August 11, 2021

Meg Duhr of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center presented to Lunch with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness the threats that aquatic invasive species pose to the Boundary Waters.  Paddlers and anglers play an important role in stopping the spread⁠— learn what you can do to ensure you're not spreading spiny water fleas or other invasive species in the Boundary Waters.

BECKY ROM, NATIONAL CHAIR
CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE BOUNDARY WATERS
An Update on the Campaign
June 15, 2021

Becky presented an update on the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters to Ely's Tuesday Group on June 15, 2021.  The campaign is a coalition effort that has been going on since 2012 to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Quetico Park and Voyageurs National Park from proposed Copper Nickel mining in the headwaters of these great landscapes.

SHERRY ABTS - THE LOON RANGER OF ELY
Loon Phenology
May 11, 2021

Sherry presented to Ely's Tuesday Group via Zoom on May 11, 2021. Sherry is a "Loon Ranger" and is a volunteer of "LoonWatch"  which monitors and documents loon behavior on loon lakes. LoonWatch is a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute from Northland College in Ashland, WI. LoonWatch protects common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research. Volunteers are organized to work toward common goals of loon conservation and protection. 

Ranae Hanson, Author
Watershed, Attending to Body and Earth in Distress
May 4, 2021

Having been raised within the White Iron Chain of Lakes (Ely, MN) watershed and witnessed it's distresses, Ranae relates the earth's distress with her personal distress with type 1 diabetes.

An educator and committed climate activist, Ranae Hanson taught writing and global studies at Minneapolis College for thirty-one years.

Dr. Jessica Hellmann
"Talking About Climate"
November 24, 2020

Perspectives on science communication and sustainability planning from a seasoned environmental scientist presented to Ely Tuesday Group on November 24, 2020.  Dr. Hellman provides strategic leadership for the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment's mission-based organization working to help build a future where people and planet prosper together.  Hellmann’s research focuses on global change ecology, climate adaptation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Krista Harrington
from the International Wolf Center
"Wolves & Wildlands"
September 8, 2020

Krista Harrington from the International Wolf Center presented “Wolves & Wildlands” to the Ely Tuesday Group on September 8, 2020. Krista Harrington is the Interpretive Center Director at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN. The mission of the International Wolf Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. This video presentation was produced by the White Iron Chain of Lakes Association (WICOLA) with permission from the Ely Tuesday Group and International Wolf Center.

Dr Euan Reavie
Aquatic Invasive Species - Ballast origins & new science
August 6, 2020

Dr. Reavie presented his program to the White Iron Chain of Lakes Association annual meeting on August 6, 2020. White Iron Chain of Lakes is located just outside of Ely, MN in northern Minnesota on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Dr. Reavie is a Senior Research Associate. Euan and his research team pursue research in applied aquatic studies on freshwater ecosystems, evaluating water quality issues. Routine work focuses on the use of algae as indicators of environmental changes. Their laboratory is fully equipped for research on biological and chemical indicators of water quality, and paleolimnology, the study of environmental trends through the analysis of sediment profiles.

Sherry Abts
The Loon Ranger OF Ely
June 30, 2020

Presentation by Sherry Abts - Ely's Loon Ranger. Sherry presented to Ely's Tuesday Group via Zoom on June 30, 2020. Original presentation was edited and posted to Youtube by WICOLA (White Iron Chain of Lakes Association.) Abts is also a “Loon Ranger.” . The rangers are volunteers who serve as front-line observers, monitoring and documenting loon behavior on loon lakes. They are affiliated with LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in Ashland. The volunteers are organized to work toward common goals of loon conservation and protection. Abts, a retired elementary teacher, moved to the Ely area from Georgia in 2010 after retiring from her official teaching position. But the teacher in Abts continues to shine through as she eagerly shares her interest and passion for nature with almost everyone she meets.

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