Sally Jewell, the relatively new Secretary of the Interior, made a stop at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday to unveil a report on the economic value of refuges.
She met with the press and other stakeholders at noon at the refuge visitor center. See my story about her chat with the media here.
Jewell also had been scheduled to be at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls earlier in the day, but that trip was cancelled due to the threat of snow. I don’t have her exact quote, but Jewell said something along the lines that she didn’t want to be stuck in Fergus Falls and risk missing the event in Bloomington.
Hindsight, of course, is 20/20, and it’s easy to look back and see that she would have had no trouble at all. But it’s not like a blizzard was in the forecast. Oh, sure, there was rain coming, but even that wasn’t until later in the afternoon.
I’m not really criticizing Jewell here as much as trying to make a point about the extent to which we’ve sort of become weather weenies.
Check out Glen Schmitt’s story about the Camp Ripley archery hunts. Lots of hunters were gone from their stands by the middle of the day Sunday. Sure, it was windy, and a little cold. But can we no longer tough it out?
Weather is the oft-cited reason for this year’s slow bowhunting season and lower kill. And for why hunters didn’t kill as many turkeys as this October. Is that a convenient excuse DNR officials use to explain things, or are hunters really no longer willing to brave a little rain and cold and wind?