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Northern Ecology

Birding by Ear

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Course Overview

Most birds are not known for sitting still. By learning to recognize their songs, calls, and the habitats they live in, you can have a satisfying birding experience every time you step outdoors, with or without your binoculars! In this one-day workshop we’ll travel to various habitats and birding hotspots in Cook County, listening and watching for spring migrants. Ann will share tips and tricks for remembering bird songs. Bring your binoculars, but be prepared to listen to the birds. Students will meet at North House and drive to several locations: due to the remoteness of the area and limited parking, students will need to carpool. Please consider whether or not you would be comfortable with this option, and/or consider registering with a few friends that you would be comfortable traveling with. Bring your own coffee! Students ages 12-17 are welcome with a full paying adult.

Required Tools

  • Sturdy footwear that can get wet or muddy
  • Clothing layers for any weather
  • Hat with a brim 
  • Skinny gloves are often nice to have along for cooler days
  • Rain gear if needed
  • Binoculars
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • LUNCH!!  We will be in the field for lunch, so please bring something with you.

Optional Tools

  • Spotting scope
  • Bird book


Fri, May 31st, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 6am-2pm
Tuition: $115.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Ann Russ
Ann Russ
Grand Marais, MN

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Birding by Ear