Tuesday February 27, 7:30 PM
Carrol Henderson – 40 Years with Non Game Wildlife
National Conservation Awards were given to two of our Chapter’s members at this year’s national convention. In Carrol Henderson, the Ikes have a determined leader with a successful history of fighting for the protection of our non-game wildlife. He serves as an inspiration to further action and by authoring many books on enhancing wildlife habitat, he has provided us with guides for doing so.
Carrol, a retired wildlife biologist (from the Minnesota DNR after 44 years), is still very much working full time as a volunteer on many non-game wildlife conservation causes. During his decades at the Minnesota DNR, he led successful efforts to restore the bald eagle, trumpeter swan, peregrine falcon, bluebird and river otter. His efforts have sometimes been thwarted, as they were last year when a unique heron rookery near Rochester he had advocated to protect was destroyed by developers. Yet he keeps working steadfastly on measures that further the preservation of our wildlife.
This year he has been a leader in our Minnesota IWLA Division’s work group on lead. Carrol has been tireless since his retirement in spreading the word for non-toxic ammunition and fishing tackle. Even though he achieved an earlier goal with the passage of a state law and then a federal ban on lead shot for waterfowl hunting, he has run up against strong opposition since. His compelling testimony on loon, eagle and swan deaths due to lead poisoning was instrumental this year in convincing Minnesota lawmakers to authorize one million dollars for public outreach and education on the merits of switching to non-toxic fishing tackle. Currently he is involved in an effort to prevent the DNR from proceeding with plans to kill cormorants on Egret Island SNA with lead ammunition.
Tuesday March 26, 7:30 PM
Solomon David, Aquatic Ecologist at U of M
Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology Solomon David is an aquatic ecologist and assistant professor interested in fish biodiversity, conservation, and science communication. His research at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology focuses on the ecology, conservation, and management of non-game native fishes, with an emphasis on ancient fishes (e.g. gars, bowfins). Additional projects involve conservation of Great Lakes migratory fishes, and peripheral populations of species. His project also communicates science through traditional and social media to raise awareness of the value of aquatic ecosystems and freshwater biodiversity. Follow our research projects on social media at GarLab!