Schedule

2017 Schedule

Friday, February 17, 2017

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:
To be announced

Special Presentation with Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Niemi
FROM SUOMI TO SAX-ZIM: The Boreal Birds of Minnesota and Finland – Similar or Different?
The answer is both! There are many intriguing similarities but also fascinating differences. Several of the birds of the Sax-Zim Bog have “cousins” in Scandinavia. We have the Gray Jay, they have the Siberian Jay. We have the Ruffed Grouse, they have the Hazel Grouse; We have the Pileated Woodpecker, they have the Black Woodpecker; and we’ll meet several others. Many studies have been completed comparing North American and Northern Eurasian boreal and bog bird species and we’ll explore some of the more interesting findings.  Species, such as “our” Great Gray Owl, Boreal Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, have Holarctic distributions in which they occur on both continents, but we’ll also learn about some very interesting Finnish bog birds.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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 TRIP IS FULL
Limited to 10 people
Registration 7:30 AM
Session begins at 8:00 AM
Estimated ending time 3:00 -3:30 PM

Backcountry Bog Experience — THIS TRIP IS FULL
8:00AM – 11:00AM
Meet at the Meadowlands Community Center


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

Cable Natural History Museum
Join Cable Natural History Museum Staff and discover how North Woods birds of prey survive! meet and view two live birds of prey and discover what makes these birds the ultimate hunters. Download the flyer

 

Catered Dinner
5:00PM at the Meadowlands Community Center

Menu
Menu to be announced soon!

Gray Jay Admiral Road feeders Sax-Zim Bog MN IMG_3453Living on the edge: The Ecology and Behavior of Gray Jays in Algonquin Park
Special Presentation by Dr. Ryan Norris

6:00PM
Although Gray Jays are common residents of our North American boreal forests including the Sax-Zim Bog, their natural history and ecology remains somewhat of a mystery, even to those that see them regularly. Using a combination of long-term data and recent experiments, I will discuss the year-round ecology of this fascinating and highly intelligent bird, including what factors influence their survival and reproductive success. I will also address why we have observed over a 50% decline of Gray Jays at the southern edge of their range and how this may be related to long-term changes in climate.

 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

North Shore of Lake Superior Field Trip
• Travel Details coming soon…

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.