Northern Landscapes Festival
Spring is an explosion of life in the North! Discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of this dynamic and rich northern landscape is the focus of this festival. Participation in the festival is open to anyone interested in hands-on learning and curious about the dynamics of the northern landscape. More than a dozen field-focused courses form the backbone of the event, with evening presentations rounding out the full weekend schedule.
Special thanks to East Bay Suites for their support of Northern Landscapes Festival and for extending a generous 20% off for North House students.
PRESENTATION: Birds in Minnesota with Bob Janssen
Friday, May 29, 7:00pm
Bob Janssen, the dean of Minnesota birding and beloved North House instructor, has published a revised and expanded edition of his classic book, Birds in Minnesota. In the nearly half-century since the first publication of the landmark Birds in Minnesota, the state and its bird populations have undergone dramatic changes. This new edition reflects those changes as well as the most recent advances in birding, making it the indispensable resource for birdwatchers in Minnesota, both passionate amateur and professional. Bob will share stories and answer questions about his eight decades of Minnesota birding.
PRESENTATION: Biomimicry: Brought to you by Nature with Sue Okerstrom
Saturday, May 30, 7:30pm
Nature is serving as a model for innovation in a new field of study called Biomimicry that offers solutions and hope in a rapidly changing world. From large, self-cooling termite mounds in Zimbabwe to nano-structures creating color on butterfly wings, nature has developed strategies and mechanisms over 3.8 billion years to enable species to “fit” into their environment. Velco is an early example of biomimicry. It was created by a Swiss engineer that noticed how well the hook structures on burrs attached to the fibers in his wool pants during a hike. Emulating forms, processes and systems in nature can result in more elegant, efficient, cost effective and sustainable materials and designs. Sue Okerstrom of Lichen Labs and Biomimicry 3.8 will share ideas and examples of how biomimicry can be used to create new products inspired by adaptations including those used by Kingfishers, black bears, lighting bugs, walleyes, and our own human anatomy.
Sue Okerstrom is Principal Scientist/Owner at Lichen Labs LLC and a lifelong Minnesotan. Lichen Labs is a microscopy lab and a biomimicry research and consulting business supporting R&D and problem solving in companies and new experiences using biomimicry and microscopy in education. Prior to Lichen Labs, Sue was a Technical Fellow at Medtronic Inc., performing and directing failure analysis, microscopy, and mechanical and metallurgical testing on for over 25 years. Sue completed a MS in Biomimicry degree from Arizona State and Professional Certificate in Biomimicry from the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. She also holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University.
Day 1:5-8pm, Day 2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-2pm
Day 1: 9am-6pm; Day 2: 9am-4pm
Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Day 1: 7am-4pm; Day 2: 6:30am-4pm; Day 3: 7am-noon (Note: Due to the early start time, please plan to arrive at North House at 5pm the day before class starts for a brief introductory session)