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Northern Landscapes Festival 2019

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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. We welcome back many favorite offerings, including Lichens: Pioneers of the Northwoods, Boreal Birding Workshop with Bob Janssen, Wildlife Tracking through Remote Camera Photography and Birding by Ear with Ann Russ. New this year: Spring Birding with Michael Karns and Raptors of the North Shore with Michaela Brevig.

This year, we welcome the Raptor Center, part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center rehabilitates around 1,000 sick and injured raptors each year, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations. An internationally renowned education facility, The Raptor Center trains veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation. Michaela Brevig, Raptor Center Interpreter will offer a full-day workshop, family program and a public presentation. She’ll be joined by some feathered friends as well!

Event Details


Presentation: A Window To the Wild

Nature and Wildlife Photographer Ryan Pennesi will share stories of close encounters and offer a glimpse into the secretive lives of our wild furred and winged counterparts.There will be moose, bears, owls, wild cats, wolves, and many more fascinating critters featured from Minnesota's North shore. Ryan's journey as a photographer is complimented by his professional career as a forestry and wildlife technician. We will hear about conservation efforts, research and wildlife monitoring projects currently happening in Northeast Minnesota. Using remotely triggered cameras paired with tracking techniques, Ryan will share intimate animal portraits and depictions of their habitats with unique perspectives. Come take a walk on the wild side of Minnesota!



Presentation: Raptors of the Midwest

Whether spotted soaring through the air over the palisades at Tettegouche, perched in the tallest white pine on a remote Boundary Waters lake or digging into a roadkill buffet along Hwy 61, raptors are a familiar sight on the North Shore. Join Michaela Brevig of The Raptor Center to discover the 31 species of raptors of Minnesota. She’ll share images, range maps, and audio recordings to introduce many types of these amazing birds seen throughout the region, with a special emphasis on the species that can be seen on the North Shore.  


Family Program: Raptors!
10am - 12pm

Join in the fun with the whole family on Sunday morning. This family program will enrapture all ages, with a live raptor presentation that will explore raptor natural history, their role in our shared environment, and common environmental threats they face. The program will include an eagle, hawk, falcon, and owl. After a quick snack break, we’ll delve into the recovery of the Peregrine Falcon, a powerful success story for what is possible when we come together to protect species and their environments. This part of the program will tell this incredible story and TRC’s role in the recovery of the Peregrine Falcon in the Midwest. To experience the extent of eggshell degradation due to DDT, the program will include an interactive eggshell strength demonstration that will leave audiences shocked!  No registration necessary, kids and parents of all ages are welcome, though the material will be geared towards ages 7+.

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Course Offerings

Spring Phenology in the Field: Wildflowers and Beyond

Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
Day 1: 9am-6pm, Day 2: 9am - 4pm
Instructor: Jim Gilbert

Birding By Ear

Fri, May 31st, 2019
Instructor: Ann Russ

What's This Rock Too? Unraveling the Geologic Story of MN's Central North Shore

Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Day 1: 5pm-8pm; Day 2: 8am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Jim Miller

Boreal Birding Workshop

Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
7am - 4pm
Instructors: Bob Janssen, Joshua Watson

Wool: The Full Experience

Thu, May 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Elise Kyllo

Master Naturalist: Northwoods and Great Lakes

Tue, May 28th, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
9am-5pm, some optional evening sessions
Instructors: Margie Menzies, Lisa Tracy

Timber Carving: Mantles, Posts, and More

Thu, May 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Jock Holmen

Wildlife Tracking through Remote Camera Photography

Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 1st, 2019
Day 1: 4-5pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Ryan Pennesi

Wattle Fences & Garden Trellises

Fri, May 31st, 2019
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf

Raptors of the North Shore

Sat, Jun 1st, 2019

Spring Birding on the North Shore

Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Michael Karns

Composite Canoe Repair and Maintenance

Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: David Seaton

Lichens: Pioneers of the North Woods

Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Joe Walewski