Volume 106 #37
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
March 18, 2021
For Those Attending in Person
Plated Meal
Count Needed
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Tim Eaton, Branch Manager, Viant Crane
Not sweating the BIG stuff.
Last week we learned about hawks and eagles. This week we will soar among cranes
A Viant Crane always adds interest to most projects.
We’ll take a look at some of the BIG projects that have been of interest to our community.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
With the ringing of the Rotary bell, President Dean Casperson extended a warm welcome to all.  With today's topic in mind, President-Elect Chana Stocke reflected on how in a former life she may have been a bird. That thought comes to her as she watches birds in flight or as they are drying their wings on the dock. Maybe it is because they soar so high enjoying the freedom of the limitless sky that she imagines herself enjoying that same freedom.
Rotarians imagining Chana Stocke as a bird
Guests today included Colin Zimmerman (via Zoom) who serves on the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve board and visiting Harbortown Rotarian Dave Nolle and his son Oliver (a Rotarian-in-training). Jerry Pelofske updated us on the High School Science Fair that was held on February 27. There were 37 presenters who shared their projects via Zoom from many different locations including one 9th grader presenting on a picnic table in an Oregon state park. There were 60 judges including Jerry and Allen Anway going from “room to room” asking questions and interacting with the presenters. Club #25 awarded $25 gift certificates to four students who Jerry and Allen judged as having the best environmental presentations.
Harbortown Rotarian Dave Nolle with son Oliver Nolle
Today's speaker, Janelle Long was introduced by Darlene Anderson. Janelle has served as the Executive Director of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory since 2007. Janelle says the best part of her job is to witness the beauty and wonder of the birds seen from Hawk Ridge. Located on East Skyline Drive off Glenwood Street overlooking the Lakeside neighborhood and Lake Superior, Hawk Ridge welcomes thousands of seasonal “birders” every year. In the fall birds by the hundreds and thousands migrate along the northern shoreline of Lake Superior as they do not like to fly long distances over water. Years ago hunters would gather in the fall for target practice as the hawks migrated. In the 1940's bird protection laws were enacted but unfortunately not within the city limits of Duluth. Alarmed at the number of birds killed, Dr. Pershing “Jack” Hofslund from UMD began erecting signs “Don't shoot hawks”. He then began bringing some of his college students with him to deter the hunters and encourage the protection of the migratory birds. It wasn't until 1972 that Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve was established and the group was able to purchase 365 acres along the ridge. The group's members also began a formalized program of counting, record keeping and banding the birds. That has resulted in a store of data that is available for various studies.
Dr. Jack Hofslund at Hawk Ridge
How Lake Superior impacts flight patterns
From this data store researchers learned that prior to 1991 only 100 bald eagles were seen migrating in the fall. Today, over 5,000 bald eagle are observed annually with a record number of 6,177 bald eagles counted in 2019. Data also shows there are 14 raptor species included in the 200,000 to 300,000 birds counted each year. Along with the counting and banding of birds, Hawk Ridge provides educational programs for university students studying Ornithology, elementary students who are developing a love and knowledge of birds, and the general public. To learn more about the birds and programs of Hawk Ridge, visit their website
Speaker Janelle Long and President Dean Casperson
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
In person and via Zoom
207 W. Superior St. Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Mar 18, 2021
Not Sweating the BIG Stuff
Mar 25, 2021
EPA’s Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Research Division
Apr 01, 2021
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Apr 08, 2021
World War II Military - Saipan
Apr 22, 2021
Leadership and Change During the Pandemic
Apr 29, 2021
High Speed Rail in America
May 06, 2021
The Bethany Crisis Shelter: The Second Chapter
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Mar 16, 2021 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Apr 20, 2021 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Bill Himango
March 4
Noah Holland
March 6
Chana Stocke
March 16
Craig Chilcote
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Earl Rogers
March 20
Bill Gravelle
March 22
Pat Holliday
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
Christine Empanger
March 29
Grant Hauschild
March 31
Rob Hofmann
March 31
Join Date
Mike Orman
March 1, 1982
39 years
Roni Salo
March 7, 1991
30 years
Casey Erikson
March 9, 2020
1 year
Matt Hunter
March 10, 2010
11 years
Holly Sampson
March 11, 1993
28 years
Steve Burgess
March 14, 2013
8 years
Geiger Yount
March 16, 1989
32 years
John Baumgarten
March 16, 1972
49 years
Pat Pfahl
March 17, 2011
10 years
Bob Reichert
March 18, 1976
45 years
Suzanne Anderson
March 21, 2013
8 years
Christine Empanger
March 25, 2019
2 years
Bill Himango
March 26, 2009
12 years
Brett Kinney
March 28, 2007
14 years
Jeff Iisakka
March 28, 2002
19 years
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
Editor: Al Makynen
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