Festival Field Trips


Friday, February 13th Field Trips

* No box lunches will be avail on Pre-Festival Trip to Sax-Zim Bog. So please pack your own lunch.

Pre – Festival Field Trip to Sax-Zim Bog
Meet field trip leaders at the Meadowlands Community Center at 6:30am. School buses will depart at 7:00 am. Field trip ends at the Meadowlands Community Center at 2:00 p.m.

This is great field trip for those who are arriving early for the festival and want to do some serious birding before registering for the festival in the town of Meadowlands.  This field trip will focus on some great winter specialties like Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Hoary and Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Gray Jay, Northern Shrike.  Keep an eye out for the elusive Great Gray Owl that can be found in the Sax-Zim Bog area, hunting along the roadside for small rodents.  Another possibility is the Northern Hawk Owl that has been observed many times during the winter months hunting for food in the open areas such as logged out areas or along the roadsides.  Besides birds there are mammals in this area that could be found on this field trip, such as Moose, Timber Wolf, Bobcat, Pine Marten or a Fisher.  Overall this is a great field trip to experience.

Saturday, February 14th Field Trips

*All field trips ( except the pre-festival trip to Sax-Zim Bog) will include a box lunch of 6-inch sub sandwich, chips, sweet snack and bottled water.

Sax-Zim Bog Field Trip
• Board the bus at 6:30 a.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center.
• Leave parking lot by 7:00 a.m.
• Trip ends at Meadowlands Community Center at 3:30 p.m.

The Sax Zim Bog is on most birders’ list of places to go to see northern birds. On this trip, the leaders will take you on several back roads in search of northern birds and Minnesota specialties. We will bird in the early morning hours to look for Great Gray Owls hunting for voles and mice along the roadsides. We’ll also stop at local feeding stations to look for Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls, Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and possibly Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadee or a Hoary Redpoll. We’ll also stop at various places in the bog to look for Black-backed Woodpeckers and Three-toed Woodpeckers working the trunks of tamarack and black spruce trees. If there are any stake-out locations for Northern Hawk Owls or Snowy Owls, the bus will visit these location as well. Other birds such as White-winged Crossbill, Red Crossbill, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Shrike, and Snow Bunting are all good possibilities to see on this trip.

There will a portable bathrooms at one of the feeding stations and along the Zim Road on the north end of “Bog”.

Duluth Field Trip
• Board the bus at 6:00 a.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center.
• Leave parking lot by 6:30 a.m.
• Pick up participants at the Perkins Restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth at 7:15 a.m.
• Arrive at Perkins Restaurant at 3:00 p.m. to drop off participants who boarded the bus at this location. The bus will return at the Meadowlands Community Center by 3:45 p.m.

This trip heads right to Duluth to look for Snowy Owls at the International Airport and down in the harbor areas. We will also visit the landfill outside of Superior Wisconsin to look for Thayer’s Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, and possibly find a Great Black-backed Gull or a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Last year, a Slaty-backed Gull was seen several times at the landfill. We will head back to Duluth search the harbors in the event a Gyrfalcon is spending the winter near the grain elevators. If there are any stake-out Varied Thrushes or Townsend Solitaires in the Duluth area we will make sure to stop to find these casual western visitors. We’ll stop at the Canal Park area to see if any gulls are loafing on the break walls and scan through all the Common Goldeneyes for anything different such as a Long-tailed Duck, scoter species, or possibly a Harlequin Duck. We’ll stop at a feeder outside of Duluth to look for northern finches.

If you are lodging in Duluth and would rather not drive to Meadowlands to board the bus for this trip, note that the bus will stop at the Miller Hill Mall Perkins Restaurant parking lot to pick birders at 7:15 a.m., and returning there at 3:00 p.m. Please park your car in the mall parking lot and walk over to the restaurant. Directions to Perkins Restaurant if you are lodging along I-35, London Road, or in the Canal Park area in Duluth: Take I-35 to 21st Avenue West and exit on 21st Avenue West/U.S. Highway 53. Go north through 3 stoplights. When you come to the 4th stoplight (near the Home Depot) take a left turn toward the Miller Hill Mall and look to your right and you will see Perkins Restaurant. If you are lodging up near the Miller Hill Mall area (along U.S. Highway 53) you can walk to Perkins and leave your car at the hotel.

Larry Weber’s Nature Hike | Cost $40.00 for those that sign up for this field trip only without selecting one of the festival packages. There will be no charge if you select this trip as part of your festival package.

• Meet at Meadowlands Community Center at 7:30 a.m.
• Nature Hike will depart at 8:00 a.m.
• Nature Hike will end at 12:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Larry Weber’s Nature Hike will use car caravan as a mode of transportation.

Larry Weber has recently retired from a 40-year career as a science teacher. He taught students from seventh grade up to graduate school. His awards include the Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year in 1993 and the National Biology Teacher Association’s Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year for 1998.

Larry writes a weekly phenology column for a local newspaper, presents phenology updates for two radio stations and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. He lives with his wife on an old farm in Carlton County, Minnesota where he watches, photographs and writes about critters.

Here is a link to Larry Weber’s books he has written:  Larry’s Books

Mike Lentz & Nathan Lovas Photography Workshop | Cost $40.00 for those that sign up for this field trip only without selecting one of the festival packages. There will be no charge if you select this trip as part of your festival package.

Nathan-Lovas   Nathan Lovas Photography   Nathan's-Logo

   info@nathanlovas.com

   www.nathanlovas.com

                                                      952-564-7286

 

Mike-LentzMike's LogoMike Lentz Photography

www.pbase.com/mike_lentz

www.mikelentzphotography.com

651-336-3049

 

 

 

 

This workshop is designed around sharing and teaching in-field techniques honed over years of bird photography.  We will discuss and demonstrate a variety of techniques that can be combined to control variables and create the perfect setting for each bird.  You will learn to combine this perfect setting with essential components including balance, composition, and form to create beautiful and intentional images.  Time in this workshop belongs to you.  We will focus on your needs to ensure that we answer all of your questions and exceed your expectations.

Photography Workshop will use car caravan as a mode of transportation.

Lake County Field Trip
• Board the coach buses at 5:30 a.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center.
• Leave parking lot by 6:00 a.m.
• Return to the Meadowlands Community Center by 4:00 p.m.

This field trip will focus on some great winter specialties like Spruce Grouse that can be found gritting on dirt along the road ways as well as many other winter birds such as Red Crossbills, White-winged Crossbills, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker and Three-toed Woodpecker, Hoary and Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Gray Jay, Northern Shrike.  Keep an eye out for the elusive Great Gray Owl that can be found hunting along the roadside for small rodents up in this area. A Boreal Owl might be found on this field trip as this is a irruptive season for this rare little owl of the Boreal Forest. Another possibility is the Northern Hawk Owl that has been observed many times during the winter months hunting for food in the open areas such as logged out areas or along the roadsides.  Besides birds there are some mammals that occur in this area that could be found on this field trip such as Moose, Timber Wolf, Lynx, Bobcat, Pine Marten or a Fisher.

 

Sunday, February 15th

Sax-Zim Bog Field Trip
• Board the bus at 6:30 a.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center.
• Leave parking lot by 7:00 a.m.
• Trip ends at Meadowlands Community Center at 3:30 p.m.

The Sax Zim Bog is on most birders’ list of places to go to see northern birds. On this trip, the leaders will take you on several back roads in search of northern birds and Minnesota specialties. We will bird in the early morning hours to look for Great Gray Owls hunting along the roadside for voles and mice. We’ll also stop at local feeding stations for Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls, Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and possibly Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadee or a Hoary Redpoll. We’ll also stop at a few known spots to look for Black-backed Woodpeckers and Three-toed Woodpeckers working the trunks of tamarack and black spruce trees. If there are any stake-out locations for Northern Hawk Owls or Snowy Owls, the trip will visit these location as well. Other birds such as White-winged Crossbill, Red Crossbill, Black-billed Magpie, Northern Shrike, and Snow Bunting are all good possibilities to see on this trip.

There will a portable bathrooms at one of the feeding stations and along the Zim Road on the north end of “bog”.

Duluth Field Trip
• Board the bus at 6:00 a.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center.
• Leave parking lot by 6:30 a.m.
• Pick up participants at the Perkins Restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth at 7:15 a.m.
• Back at the Perkins Restaurant at 3:00 p.m. and back at the Meadowlands Community Center by 3:45 p.m.

This trip heads right to Duluth to look for Snowy Owls at the International Airport and down in the harbor areas. We will also visit the landfill outside of Superior Wisconsin to look for Thayer’s Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, and possibly find a Great Black-backed Gull or a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Last year, a Slaty-backed Gull was seen several times at the landfill. We will head back to Duluth search the harbors in the event a Gyrfalcon is spending the winter near the grain elevators. If there are any stake-out Varied Thrushes or Townsend Solitaires in the Duluth area we will make sure to stop to find these casual western visitors. We’ll also stop at the Canal Park area to see if any gulls are loafing on the break walls and scan through all the Common Goldeneyes for anything different such as a Long-tailed Duck, scoter species, or possibly a Harlequin Duck. We’ll also stop at a feeder outside of Duluth to look for northern finches. If you are lodging in Duluth and would rather not drive to Meadowlands to board the bus for this trip, note that the bus will stop at the Miller Hill Mall Perkins Restaurant parking lot to pick birders at 7:15 a.m., and returning there at 3:00 p.m. Please park your car in the mall parking lot and walk over to the restaurant. Directions to Perkins Restaurant if you are lodging along I-35, London Road, or in the Canal Park area in Duluth: Take I-35 to 21st Avenue West and exit on 21st Avenue West/U.S. Highway 53. Go north through 3 stoplights. When you come to the 4th stoplight (near the Home Depot) take a left turn toward the Miller Hill Mall and look to your right and you will see Perkins Restaurant. If you are lodging up near the Miller Hill Mall area (along U.S. Highway 53) you can walk to Perkins and leave your car at the hotel.

Lake County Field Trip
• Board the coach at 5:30 a.m. at the Meadowlands Community Center.
• Leave parking lot by 6:00 a.m.
• Return to the Meadowlands Community Center by 4:00 p.m.

This field trip will focus on some great winter specialties like Spruce Grouse that can be found gritting on dirt along the road ways as well as many other winter birds such as Red Crossbills, White-winged Crossbills, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker and Three-toed Woodpecker, Hoary and Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Gray Jay, Northern Shrike.  Keep an eye out for the elusive Great Gray Owl that can be found hunting along the roadside for small rodents up in this area. A Boreal Owl might be found on this field trip as this is a irruptive season for this rare little owl of the Boreal Forest. Another possibility is the Northern Hawk Owl that has been observed many times during the winter months hunting for food in the open areas such as logged out areas or along the roadsides.  Besides birds there are some mammals that occur in this area that could be found on this field trip such as Moose, Timber Wolf, Lynx, Bobcat, Pine Marten or a Fisher.

 

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