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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

For more information call 763-421-6781.
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Walter J. Breckenridge Chapter Izaak Walton League of America

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 7:30 p.m.
Stephen Thomforde
Welcome to the Savanna:

a Midwest and biosphere perspective

This presentation by Stephen Thomforde, a lifelong student of nature, a naturalist, and ecologist with 25 years experience and 10,000 acres in design and implementation in ecological restoration, will introduce you to the savanna we currently live in and the savannas from which we emerged as a civilization. He will challenge your perceptions of forest and prairie and discuss how terrestrial earth had and was evolving towards one large savanna. He will introduce the keystone species and disturbances that reinforced savanna. We’ll tour through a variety of Midwest savannas, and then around the globe. You will be introduced to why most savanna have long since collapsed into dysfunctional ecosystems that are oftentimes erroneously labeled forest or woodland, terms which in turn perpetuate the catastrophic state. He will introduce you to the evils of excess nitrogen, the loss of keystone species, and why many so called invasive species would be better understood as symptomatic of nitrogen and loss of keystone herbivores. In the end, he’ll show you how to restore savannas, from the scale of home-lawns, large regional parks, and entire agricultural systems. Participants will leave with a strong sense that savanna is the most powerful and provisional terrestrial ecosystem ever, and therefore, savanna restoration offers a model for a sustainable-livable planet. And, the presentation pictures are beautiful and flow of information is in perfect harmony.


Tuesday, June 25 2019 7:30 p.m.
Paul Fusco
Osprey Update: Coon Rapids Dam




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
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
763-561-5364 (Please leave message)



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