A retired schoolteacher who died in 2006 at age 85 left her savings of $1.8 million to the Minnesota loon.
"Iva Weir loved loons so muych that she left all of her cash- about $1.8 million- to help protect Minnesota's official state bird," The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported yesterday. About $1 million of the bequest has already been spent by the Minnesota Nature Conservancy.
"Overwhelming generosity? I'll say it is," said Peggy Ladner, director of the Nature Conservancy. "I was thrilled."
No reaction yet from Ms. Weir's niece, Chris Weir-Koerter of Bemidji, Minn., who according to the report often took her aunt canoeing.