ELA scientists tag lake trout, white sucker and pike every year so they can figure out how many fish are in a lake and monitor the health of the population. These data are tracked in databases, with some fish being seen more than 20 years after tagging. Become part of this scientific data by becoming a five-year sponsor for a tagged fish! We will send you an annual e-mail update for five years to let you know if we've seen it, and how it's changed. You will also be emailed a photo of your fish.
We will tell the world you care about freshwater science! A thank you will be tweeted from our IISD Twitter account. Please provide us with your twitter handle if you wish.
You will receive a fridge magnet, made of recycled materials, with a picture representing the ELA.
You will receive a postcard addressed to you and signed by a range of both ELA and IISD staff, thanking you for your support. Postcards are printed on eco-friendly paper.
We'd love it if everyone could visit the ELA, but the research site is so remote it's not always possible. However, if you send us an electronic photo of you, we will take a photo of your photo with Lake 239 in the background and email it to you. Lake 239 is an ELA lake for which there is one of the longest-running data sets. Photos must not be offensive.
A T-shirt proclaiming that you support the ELA, made of eco-friendly material.
It costs roughly $100 to count the plankton caught in a single sample. Help the scientists understand what is living in the water by sponsoring this activity.
The ELA has a network of experts on a wide range of freshwater topics, including nutrient loading, mercury loading, nanoparticles, endocrine disruptors and climate change. For $300, you can borrow a scientist from our "talking library" and have an in-person or virtual talk with a scientist on one of these topics. Depending on the scientist you "borrow," a lab tour or other bonuses may be included.
You will receive a package of ELA materials, including a tweet from IISD, a magnet, a postcard, a photo of your photo at Lake 239, a sponsored fish and a T-shirt.
Enjoy a presentation on "ELA: Past, present and future" at the IISD office in Winnipeg with 3-6 IISD/ELA staff and retired ELA scientists. Afterwards, enjoy discussion over sustainably sourced coffee, tea and snacks and a tour of the Winnipeg office. You will also receive the ELA Supporter's package. This perk must be redeemed in the winter as ELA scientists are at the research facility during much of the spring, summer and fall. Donors must make their own way to Winnipeg.
You will receive one of five spots for day tour of the ELA on a pre-arranged date (to be determined in consultation with donors once the campaign is closed). Donor will be picked up in Kenora and visit the ELA camp and several lakes. Lunch will be provided. Participants must arrange their own travel to Kenora and accommodation there and have appropriate health/travel insurance, if applicable. You will also receive a T-shirt.
You and up to 3 guests can have a tour of the ELA, including two overnights and travel from Winnipeg (MB), Kenora (ON) or Dryden (ON). You sleep where the scientists sleep, eat what the scientists eat (tasty food in the cafeteria where collegiality is common) and get to see the scientists working on the lakes. You must arrange your own transportation to Winnipeg, Kenora or Dryden (and have appropriate health/travel insurance, if applicable). You will also receive T-shirts.
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