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, 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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. 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.
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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