Schedule


2015 Festival Schedule

Friday, February 13, 2015

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:
Homemade Pastie
Coleslaw
Dessert

Northern_Hawk_Owl_over_the_back_flight_Tekiela_TAN7396Special Presentation: Intriguing Owls with Stan Tekiela
Nocturnal birds and animals have intrigued people since the dawn of time.  This presentation is filled with eye-popping images of every owl species found in the United States.  For over 20 years, Stan has traveled across the US to study and photograph owls.  In this presentaiton Stan will explain the many intriguing aspects of these nocturnal birds in plain and simple terminology.  You will learn just how well owls see in the dark along with their amazing hearing abilities.  If you are like most people and you are fascinated with owls, then this presentation is sure to delight.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

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

Lake County Field Trip
Board the coach buses at 5:30AM at the Meadowlands Community Center.  Vans depart at 6:00A to Lake County and arrives back at the community center at 4:00PM

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.

Critters in the White Season with Larry Weber
8:00AM – 11:00AM
Meet at the Meadowlands Community Center

Winter Bird Photography Tips & Tricks
8:00AM
Meet at the Meadowlands Community Center

Owls to Orchids: Magic and Mystery in the Sax-Zim Bog
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 

2:00PM
Presentation by Sparky Stensaas
Snacks and beverages will be provided for the afternoon presentation.Great Gray Owl nestling Hedbom Rd Aitkin Co MN IMG_7410

The Sax-Zim Bog has long been known to birders and photographers from around the world and across the country as THE place to find some of our most secretive boreal birds including the mythic Great Gray Owl. Through Sparky’s Now let’s meet all the critters that inhabit the Bog. Through HD video and still images we’ll explore these Black Spruce and Tamarack Bogs…without getting our feet wet or frozen! Meet the bird that grows snowshoes, the devious orchid that outsmarts bumblebees, and the death-defying frog. And of course, the stars of the show will be some cooperative Great Gray Owls and N Hawk Owl families caught on HD video.

Catered Dinner
5:00PM at the Meadowlands Community Center

Menu
Cranberry Glazed Porkloin
Wild Rice
Cheesy Potatoes
California Medley
Relish Tray
Bread & Butter

The Big Year – The Reality and the Movie
Speaker Presentation: 6:00PM, Greg Miller

In 1998 I zigzagged across the continent–traveling 130,000 miles while trying to hold down a full time job at a nuclear power plant–to try to see as many species of birds in one calendar year as possible. It was an incredible experience passing the 700-species mark—an achievement many birders aspire to in a lifetime. But there was competition. Two other birders, Sandy Komito and Al Levantin also did Big Years the same year as me and also broke the 700-mark.

Our competitive quests are documented in the 2004 non fiction book, The Big Year, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Mark Obmascik. And unbelievably, Twentieth Century Fox made a full feature motion picture inspired by the book! It has A-list actors Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson and a really strong support cast. It was produced by Ben Stiller and directed by David Frankel (who also did Marley & Me and The Devil Wears Prada).

I had the fortunate opportunity to be the Bird Consultant for the movie, The Big Year.  It was filmed in spring & summer of 2010.  I was on the set for 3 weeks with many of the actors and crew and got a chance to meet the stars, Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson.  It was truly a treat to watch the movie being made and to have a part in the creation of a story for the silver screen.

 

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Lake County Field Trip
Board the coach buses at 5:30AM at the Meadowlands Community Center.  Vans depart at 6:00A to Lake County and arrives back at the community center at 4:00PM

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.

 

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