Minnesota Division

Izaak Walton League of America

Carroll Henderson

Get the Lead Out!

Presenter: Carrol Henderson

Former Supervisor of Minnesota DNR - Nongame Wildlife Program

7:00pm - Wednesday April, 21 - Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 9937 5057, passcode: 914050


This is a presentation on the current status of the problems caused by lead poisoning in wildlife and strategies for advocating increasing use of nontoxic fishing tackle and ammunition in the future.

Carrol Henderson is the retired DNR Nongame Wildlife Program supervisor who served in that capacity from 1977 to 2018. Prior to that he was the assistant wildlife refuge manager at the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Refuge near Watson, Minnesota. He is also been an avid hunter, taxidermist, outdoor writer, and wildlife photographer. ​

Since 1977, Carrol Henderson is recognized for his accomplishments in developing and implementing a statewide program for nongame wildlife conservation in Minnesota that has received national and international recognition. He grew up on a family farm in central Iowa. He studied zoology, botany, and physics at Iowa State and received a master’s degree in ecology and wildlife management from the University of Georgia in 1970.

During graduate studies in tropical ecology at the University of Costa Rica he met Ethelle Gonzalez. They were married in December of 1969. During his service in charge of the Nongame Wildlife Program he initiated projects for the reintroduction of Trumpeter Swans, River Otters, and collaborated on the reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons, conservation of Bluebirds, research on Bald Eagle lead poisoning, and contaminant studies on Common Loons resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Carrol is the author or coauthor of 13 books which have sold over 300,000 copies. All the royalties from his DNR books have gone to the Nongame Wildlife Program.​

Who We Are

The Izaak Walton League was founded in 1922 to conserve outdoor America for future generations. The League's 54 founders, who were avid anglers, named the organization after Izaak Walton, the 17th century author of The Compleat Angler, a classic book about the art and spirit of fishing. We are one of the earliest conservation organizations to set an aggressive course to defend wild America by changing public policy. Almost every major, successful conservation program that America has in place today can be traced directly to a League activity or initiative.

Izaak Walton League Member Pledge

To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands, and open space; to the preservation of this heritage and to man's sharing in it.

I pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America.

The Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League has played a leading role in the protection of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the 1920s until the present-day fight to stop sulfide mining on the borders of the BWCA. The IKE's leadership has been based on partnerships with other organizations and the role played by activists who were eminent biologists and ecologists.