WICOLA Videos

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.

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. 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. She was among the first to propose and study ways to reduce the impact of climate change through new techniques in conservation management.

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. Techniques include high-resolution microscopy, digital imaging, laboratory processing and field sampling.

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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