WICOLA -- Dr Euan Reavie -- Aquatic Invasive Species - Ballast origins & new science
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.
WICOLA -- Sherry Abts, The Loon Ranger OF Ely
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.