The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely has received two grants for its recently established Community Bird Feeding Area.
The Ely Rotary Club has donated $700 towards the construction of a fence, and Lake Country Power has donated $500 towards the creation of educational signage.
Otherwise known as “The Root Beer Lady”, Dorothy Molter was famous for much more than just making Root Beer. One of the other things she was known for was her love of birds.
In her 1955 bird essay, Dorothy wrote:
“Bird-watching is a fascinating hobby. There is always something new to see and something new to learn, and never a dull moment. I don’t envy city dwellers who miss all this.”
A remarkable assortment of birds visited the feeders around Dorothy’s home on Knife Lake, and she easily went through 1,000 pounds of seed a year. Dorothy particularly enjoyed sharing these birds with the many people that visited her.
In 2013, the Dorothy Molter Museum established a new bird feeding area to continue sharing Dorothy’s love of birds.
With its location between the tall trees of the Jon Rozman memorial forest and the meadow-like environment of the Ely Cemetery, the Museum is ideally situated to attract a wide range of birds throughout the year.
A variety of feeder types also helps to attract a range of different birds, and the Community Bird Feeding Area includes ten different feeders stocked with an array of food.
Other features of the bird feeding area include a selection of field guides for on-site reference and a take-home brochure containing bird food recipes.
The new bird feeding area is one of the many new ways in which the museum is inspiring the next generation of Northwoods citizens and stewards through the legacy of Dorothy Molter.
The museum is located on HWY 169 at the east end of Ely. There is no charge to visit the bird feeding area, which is open to the public year round.
To make a contribution towards the museum’s cost of bird seed, please contact museum curator Mary Parks at 218-365-4451.