Walter J. Breckenridge
Izaak Walton League of America
The public is welcome to
our regular Social/Educational
meetings 7:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the
For more information call
June, July & August meetings are
held jointly with the
Tuesday, October 23 7:30 p.m.
Don Luce, Curator of Exhibits at the Bell Museum, will trace some of the history of the Museum and its dioramas, discuss the move of the dioramas, and present some of the special features to be found in the galleries and new building.
Don has worked in the museum world for four decades. He earned a degree in Zoology and a Masterís degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from the University of Michigan. At the Bell Museum, he has combined his interests in science, art and nature to produce original temporary and permanent exhibitions. Exhibition topics included art and nature, ecology, evolution, animal behavior, endangered species, and current University research. Many of these exhibitions toured nationally as part of Bell Museumís Touring Exhibition Service.
As curator of exhibits, he also curates the museumís collection of art, which includes many works by Francis Lee Jaques, who painted the museumís dioramas, a complete set of John James Audubonís original Birds of America folio, and many other historical and contemporary works of wildlife art.
For nearly two decades, Don has worked on plans for a new Bell Museum. The new museum opened this summer on the Universityís St. Paul campus. The project included the move and restoration of the museums historic dioramas, and the design of new permanent exhibition galleries.
Don also remains active as an illustrator and artist. He illustrated books such as Minnesotaís Natural Heritage by John Tester, and has been an artist-in-residence with the National Park Service. A retrospective exhibition of his art and illustrations, A View from a Canoe, showed at the Bell Museum in fall 2016.
The public is welcome to this social/educational meeting on October 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Chapter House of the Izaak Walton League of America, 8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park. For more information call 763-421-6781.
Tuesday, November 27 7:30 p.m.
Iron and Water: My life protecting America's environment
The Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act and Environmental Protection Agency were born at the national level in the 1970s. In Minnesota, the Pollution Control Agency was formed as an independent agency headed by an independent board of citizen directors. A copper-mining moratorium was imposed. And Reserve Mining Co. was ordered by federal judges to stop dumping 67,000 tons of taconite tailing mine waste into Lake Superior every day. Duluth native Grant Merritt didn't just have a window seat to this environmental awakening, he was helping drive the bus.
Merritt has chronicled his life of environmental activism, DFL politics and legal battles in his new autobiography titled Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment. First as a private attorney for grassroots, nonprofit groups working to protect Lake Superior, and then as the first commissioner of the independent Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Merritt helped lead the battle to stop Reserve from dumping tailings into Lake Superior. He is keen to see how both his family's effort to develop the iron mining industry in Minnesota and his efforts to thwart a mining company's pollution of Lake Superior are equal examples of how one family, one person can make a difference on a huge scale.
ďThe story of Reserve Mining is one of a pivotal battle and ultimate decision that altered environmental legislation on a national scale. It stands today as a historic example and illustration of the power of citizen and political advocacy.Ē For folks who lived through the stories, it's a reminder of how things have changed, as Merritt would say, some for the better, some not.
The public is welcome to this social/educational meeting on November 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Chapter House of the Izaak Walton League of America, 8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park. For more information call 763-421-6781.
Thank you to local photographer Marlene Sternberger who has given us permission to post some of her wildlife photographs. All of 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