W.J. McCabe Chapter

Mercury in St. Louis River Estuary Fish

Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, March 4, 7pm
at the Hartley Nature Center. Our speaker will be Dr. Joel Hoffman, Research Scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency Lab in Duluth. His presentation is titled, "Getting to the bottom of mercury in St. Louis River fish."
Joel will provide an update on the latest research he has been doing on mercury in the St. Louis River estuary. This program will help you to understand the extent of mercury contamination, the biological process that is causing mercury to accumulate in our fish, and what might be done to resolve this challenging problem.  
Mercury contamination occurs in most of the lakes and rivers of northeastern Minnesota. Because of this many of our waters have fish consumption advisories. A Department of Health study done a few years ago reported that 10% of the babies sampled in Minnesota's Lake Superior Watershed had elevated levels of mercury in their blood. So this is a serious problem that we need to understand and solve, and Joel's talk will help us to do that.
All programs are free and open to the public. For information, contact Rich Staffon at 218-879-3186.

Ike's Banquet & Raffle - Kayak Giveaway

This is a fundraiser for the W. John McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

Friday, April 17th at The Buffalo House. Social 6pm. Dinner Buffet 7pm.

A kayaking classic, the Pungo Angler is an ideal choice for those who love the benefits of a sit-inside kayak paddling experience with all the storage and rigging options necessary for the serious angler. The multi-chined hull design provides unmatched speed, tracking and stability. When you’re moving from hole to hole, you’ll love the dry ride and roomy cockpit with easily accessible rear storage and removable Kayak Konsole for all your tackle. Now featuring the Phase 3® Air-Pro seating system for added ergonomic comfort and easy adjustability.

Tickets are $25. The ticket is good for the banquet AND your chance to win the Grand Prize. You do not need to be present to win. Support the local Ike’s that protect the land, water and air that are so important to life and the outdoor activities that we all love.

Purchase your tickets at Ski Hut or by calling Darrell Spencer 218.724.4226

We have a new Issues and Activities display board that identifies current issues and activities that our chapter is involved in. It includes a list of volunteer opportunities for members and people to contact if you're interested in getting involved.


Here's the spring issue from the Minnesota State Izaak Walton League.

Minnesota Waltonian Winter 2015

Conservation Chronicle Fall 2014

Conservation Currents March 2015

Conservation Currents February 2015

Conservation Currents January 2015

Conservation Currents December 2014

Conservation Currents November 2014

Conservation Currents October 2014

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The W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is a grassroots environmental organization that has worked for decades to protect the natural resources of Duluth and greater Minnesota. We take a common-sense approach towards protecting our country's natural heritage and work to improve outdoor recreation opportunities for all.