Schedule

2018 Schedule

Friday, February 16, 2018

Registration begins at 3:00PM at the Meadowlands Community Center. (see map)

Friday’s Pre-Festival Trip to Sax-Zim Bog
Meet at the Meadowlands Community Center at 6:30AM for bus boarding.  The trip will depart at 7:00AM and arrive back at the community center at 2:00PM

Catered Dinner
5:00PM at the Meadowlands Community Center.

Menu:
Pasties with gravy, coleslaw, and dessert.

Special Presentation
Birds of the Bog: Fight or Flight?
By Alexis Grinde
This talk will focus on the unique ecology of bogs and the important habitats they provide for birds throughout the year. Boreal Chickadees and Connecticut Warblers will be highlighted. Challenges and opportunities for conservation of “birds of the bog” will also be discussed.

Alexis Grinde is a wildlife ecologist at the Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth. Her research focuses on conservation ecology of birds and studies the impacts of environmental change on wildlife and biodiversity. Applications of her research include providing recommendations for conservation plans for species of conservation concern.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Festival Registration
Begins at 5:30AM and continues through the day at the Meadowlands Community Center.

North Shore of Lake Superior Field Trip
• Board the bus at 5:30 am at the Meadowlands Community Center
• Leave parking lot by 6:00 am
• Pick up participants at the Perkins Restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall at 6:45 am
• Arrive at Perkins Restaurant at 3:15 pm to drop off participants who boarded the bus at this location.  The bus will return at the Meadowlands Community Center by 4:00 pm

Duluth Field Trip
Board the bus at 6:00AM at the Meadowlands Community Center. Depart at 6:30AM.  Pick-up participants who are lodging in Duluth and Cloquet at the Perkins Restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall at 7:15AM  Return to Perkins at 3:00PM and community center at 3:45PM

Sax-Zim Bog Field Trip
Board the bus at 6:30AM at the Meadowlands Community Center. Depart at 7:00AM.  Return to the community center at 3:30PM.

Photo Workshop with Heidi Pinkerton
This is a carpooling trips and you may need to provide your own transportation or ride with another participant.
Limited to 10 people
Registration 7:30 AM
Session begins at 8:00 AM
Estimated ending time 3:00 -3:30 PM

Spruce Grouse Field TripFULL
This is a carpooling trips and you may need to provide your own transportation or ride with another participant.
Limit: 10
Extra Fee: $20
Small van and car will be used for this trip. This is NOT a “bus” trip.
No snack lunch provided for this trip.
Trip Leader: Clinton Nienhaus
Loading Location: From Perkins (near the Mall) in Duluth
Leaving Time: 5:00 am Arrival Time: 4:00 pm
What to Bring: Binoculars, cameras, winter gear


Saturday Afternoon Special Presentation
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
2PM at the Meadowlands Community Center

With Audubon Center of the Northwoods naturalists

“The Barred and the Boreal: Two Unique Owls of the Sax-Zim Bog”

From being symbols of wisdom, omens of death, and deliverers of mail, owls have long been the subject of many myths.  Students will explore all the adaptations of owls through games, while exposing myths and misconceptions and meeting 2 live owls…the diminutive, rare and rarely seen Boreal Owl, and the big and ubiquitous Barred Owl. Both can be found in the Sax-Zim Bog.

Catered Dinner
5:00PM at the Meadowlands Community Center

Menu
Porketta, garlic mashed potatoes, gara masala carrots, ceasar salad, homemade bread with whipped butter, and dessert.

Birds Below Zero: Winter Survival Strategies of our Bog Birds
Special Presentation by Laura Erickson
6PM

Temperatures at double digits below zero are not unusual in the Sax-Zim Bog in winter. Yet just millimeters from the frigid air, a chickadee’s beating heart maintains a temperature of 104–108 degrees! How do birds, from Great Gray Owls down to those tiny chickadees, keep their body temperatures high to thrive in a Minnesota winter?

Laura talks about the behaviors and physical adaptations that keep our birds alive through the worst that a northern Minnesota winter can hand them.

Bio

Laura has been blathering about birds since she memorized the “Bird” entry in her family’s encyclopedia when she was a preschooler. She whistled in a cardinal when she was very little, and once saw a whole flock of warblers in the tree outside her bedroom window, though she thought they must be the angels of canaries that died saving miners’ lives.

Laura didn’t know how to identify birds until after her mother-in-law gave her a field guide and binoculars for Christmas in 1974. By the late ’70s she was subjecting her middle-school students in Madison, Wisconsin, and readers of her occasional columns in The Wisconsin State Journal to endless stories about birds. In 1981, she moved to Duluth, Minnesota, and in 1986 started producing “For the Birds,” a radio spot now airing on independent public and community radio stations from Oregon to New York. “For the Birds” is the longest-running radio program about birds in the United States, podcast at http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/.

Laura is currently a contributing editor of BirdWatching magazine, author of eleven books, including 101 Ways to Help Birds, the American Birding Association Field Guide to Minnesota Birds, and the National Geographic Pocket Guide to North American Birds, and she collaborates on projects with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where she served as science editor from 2008–2010.

Laura served as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator focused primarily on songbirds and especially Common Nighthawks while she was a stay-at-home mother in the 80s and 90s; has counted raptors and songbirds at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and other sites in Duluth, Minnesota; and studied nighthawk digestion as part of an ill-fated Ph.D project. Her professor, Dr. Gary Duke (co-founder of The Raptor Center) told her she was the “world authority on nighthawk digestion” even as he mentioned that no one else particularly wanted that distinction.

An avid birder, Laura saw 604 species (593 countable by ABA rules) during her “2013 Conservation Big Year,” and until recently was listed in the top ten overall on the ABA “Listing Central” for Lower 48 Big Years. Probably many people have seen more than she has who haven’t entered their totals, so this is a meaningless distinction.  Learn more at www.LauraErickson.com

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Morning Critter Walk
Learn how Northern Animals Survive and Thrive in the Winter.
This will use car caravan as a mode of transportation.
– Meet at Meadowlands Community Center at 7:30AM
– Nature Hike will depart at 8AM
– Nature Hike will end at 12PM at the Community Center

North Shore of Lake Superior Field Trip
• Board the bus at 5:30 am at the Meadowlands Community Center
• Leave parking lot by 6:00 am
• Pick up participants at the Perkins Restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall at 6:45 am
• Arrive at Perkins Restaurant at 3:15 pm to drop off participants who boarded the bus at this location.  The bus will return at the Meadowlands Community Center by 4:00 pm

Duluth Field Trip
Board the bus at 6:00AM at the Meadowlands Community Center. Depart at 6:30AM.  Pick-up participants who are lodging in Duluth and Cloquet at the Perkins Restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall at 7:15AM  Return to Perkins at 3:00PM and community center at 3:45PM

Sax-Zim Bog Field Trip
Board the bus at 6:30AM at the Meadowlands Community Center. Depart at 7:00AM.  Return to the community center at 3:30PM.