Ely Resorts and Ely Outfitters for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness welcome you to Ely and to ElyMinnesota.com, your virtual gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the BWCAW. Ely is thriving! New Ely BWCA opportunities abound. If you are in Ely on a Tuesday you might want to stop by the Grand Ely Lodge and lunch with the vibrant Ely Tuesday Group. We always have an interesting speaker and discussion and great service from the Grand Ely Lodge staff. Check the events calendar for upcoming speakers.
This month’s picture is a Canadian Jay, compliments of active photographer and Ely Field Naturalist Judy Krish. She noticed that he was so fluffed up due to the -30 to -40 degree weather we’ve been having that his shape resembled that of a Chickadee, just larger of course. Canadian Jays as well as the Chickadees are year round residents here.
The primary color of Ely and The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is white these days. And, as you can tell from our webcams, plenty of snow to cause that. Other than the fact that we have broken an all time record for low temperatures in December, the volume and quantity of snow, a lot, bodes well for the up coming Winter Festival. Good clean snow, and lots of it, make for great snow sculptures.
For any one who follows our website and webcams of the Ely and Lakes area knows, ElyMinnesota.com has been involved for many years in helping to educate our visitors on the threat of Copper mining in the Lake Superior and Rainy River Watersheds. To keep up on the shenanigans of “mining at any cost” politicians in Minnesota, you’ll want to frequent the Threatened Waters Blog where you will find new cartoons and a re-discovered video from 2002 with Bob Cary speaking about Wilderness and how we have pretty much mucked it up. Not much has changed in that regard since and our politicians seem hell-bent to keep on mucking it up.
Visit the Threatened Waters Blog to learn the facts about the Copper Nickel mining proposed for our wetland and lakes areas. You will learn that despite the odds we are beginning to make progress against the amazingly deep pockets of the multinational mining interests who seem to have captured the fancy of Minnesota politicians and those, so far, only influenced by the up-side-potential for Copper mining. As people learn of the very significant and certain downside of this type of mining, especially in this great fresh water reservoir and watershed from Canada to Lake Superior–MINDS ARE A CHANGING! Over 50% polled recently are AGAINST Copper Nickel Sulfide Mining. Maybe there is HOPE for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior. We certainly hope so.