2001 Watchable Wildlife conference was scheduled to open just
two days after the September 11th attack on the United
States. Of course, like thousands of events, the conference was
canceled and rescheduled for October 16-18, 2002. However one
segment of the 2001 conference was held as scheduled and serves
as a strong reminder of what this country stands for.
wildlife viewing site was constructed on the bluffs of the Mississippi
River. This site serves to thank the citizens of St. Paul for
hosting the conference and to remind them of their rich wildlife
limestone from the old St. Paul City Hall, demolished over 70
years ago, was used to build the viewing site. As hoped, the site
has become a catalyst for the area and several additional viewing
sites and trails are now being planned.
Sponsors: This viewing site has been made possible through the
generosity of: Watchable
Wildlife, Inc., Waste Management, Inc, MN Dept of Natural Resources,
3M, Yard Scapes, ThemeScapes, Cliff Timm and Melvin & Jim
thanks to John Kellas of Waste Management and Old Man River Café.
Kellas of Waste Management being sized up by an American Bald
Eagle from The Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota.
Site donor Cliff Timm talks to St. Paul Parks Director Vic Wittgenstein
about his concerns for the area.
Philip Rickey, Sculptor and Environmental Artist, and Peter
Kramer, Architect, designed and built the site.
residents, city officials and business leaders used the stone
hillside seating to enjoy the view and dedication ceremonies.
Wildlife President Jim Mallman standing atop the stone presentation
wall to welcome guests to the dedication of Ventos View.
Vento, father of the late Congressman Bruce Vento, releases
a rehabilitated Coopers Hawk as part of the dedication ceremony.