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The public is welcome to our regular Social/Educational meetings 7:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Chapter House,
8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park

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Walter J. Breckenridge Chapter Izaak Walton League of America

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Annual Holiday Party

Program: Melonie Shipman

It's a Sled Dog's Life

We welcome Melonie Shipman, traveling naturalist and former co-Executive Director, Audubon Center of the North Woods as speaker for our annual Holiday Party.


An Educator/Manager with broad range and depth of experience in a wide variety of audiences, formats and settings, she is dedicated to expanding the reach of nature-based programs to audiences at their locations.


Here’s how she describes her program “It’s a Sled Dog’s Life”:

The world’s greatest athletes don’t wear gold medals – they would get stuck in their harnesses- they have four-legs and pull sleds across thousands of miles of snow and ice! Sled dogs have been providing work, companionship and entertainment for hundreds of years. You’ll have an insider’s perspective on what it means for these master athletes and their mushers to race for the finish dodging blizzards, moose, and exhaustion along the way. 


My life stopovers have been many and varied; From Indiana (birth) to New Mexico (upbringing) to Texas (Russian language major) to Virginia (high school Science teacher) to Nebraska (Marketing Coordinator) to Alaska (National Wildlife Refuge Educator) to Minnesota (Co-Executive Director of a Residential Environmental Learning Center) and now to an early retirement beside the lake.


The journey has been filled with amazing experiences; photographing thousands of miles from a bush plane in Alaska, teaching beside Native elders, touching gray whales, dog sledding and sea kayaking expeditions. This mix of education and experience forms the base of my “Traveling Naturalist” programs and my writing. When asked how I came to have such amazing experiences I replied that, “I have tried to say 'yes' to new opportunities whenever they arose.”


In choosing to be self-employed, I am highly tuned to new opportunities to share time with my family of friends, to learn, to travel, to story build and to help dilute the impact of canine cancers. To that end, any profits from my pawings will add to my contributions to the National Canine Cancer Foundation and Red Rover in their amazing work.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:30 p.m.Jay Gustafson is paddling all Minnesota's water trails
Jay Gustafson

Minnesota State Water Trails


Although he was born and raised in South Dakota, Jay Gustafson has felt a connection to Minnesota since childhood. He fell in love with paddling on a trip to the Boundary Waters with his dad at age 12. Upon graduating college in 2006, He moved to Minnesota where he continued to pursue his passion for paddling, discovering over 4,500 miles of water trails throughout the state. In 2016 he had the opportunity to paddle the length of the Mississippi River from source to sea. It was on that journey that he decided to pursue a goal of paddling the entirety of Minnesota’s 34 state water trails. Shortly thereafter, prompted by Governor Dayton’s call for a year of water action, Paddle for Progress was conceived.



Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:30 p.m.
John Moriarty

The Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities.


John Moriarty, a member of the Breckenridge Chapter, will be speaking on various natural areas and habitats across the Twin Cities and the plants and animals you can find in them. The program will highlight the photos and maps found in his new book, The Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities.


John is senior manager of wildlife for the Three Rivers Park District where he works on restoring habitats, especially prairies, and a variety of wildlife. He has been a natural resources manager for the park systems of Ramsey and Hennepin counties and has been exploring the Twin City habitats for over 30 years.  He is active in local  and national natural history organizations and is author of five books on Minnesota natural history, including Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota (Minnesota, 2014) with Carol D. Hall.







Thank you to local photographer Marlene Sternberger who has given us permission to post some of her wildlife photographs. All ohif them were taken in the Coon Rapids Dam area in Brooklyn Park.



Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Chapter House, 8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN (three miles north of the junction of Highway 252 and Interstate 694). Telephone: 763-561-5364.

Social/Educational Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. They are free of charge and the public is cordially invited to attend. Members of the Minneapolis Audubon Chapter join us for our summer meetings and programs are planned jointly.

Board of Directors meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.



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W. J. Breckenridge Chapter, IWLA
8816 West River Road
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