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Northern Ecology

Birding Wednesday: Drop-in Session

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Course Overview

Birds are returning from their wintering grounds! Where have they come from? Where are they going? What’s going on?

These birds are returning HOME! Millions will return; often to the same patch of trees where they hatched last year. We should welcome them back with a big party. If not a party, we should at least honor them by taking the time to get to know where they are and what they are doing. Learning about our neighbors is one of the first things we should do when building a community.

Join our community on any or all of the scheduled days. The BEST BIRDING requires practice, practice, and community. As a complement to the full day scheduled for May 15, we will practice, practice, and build our community of birders. It isn’t necessary to join the full day on May 15, but it’ll make for a more powerful community and overall experience.

We will explore the best bird areas around Grand Marias including the shoreline and a little bit up the Gunflint Trail. To maximize flexibility in the field, students will need to drive themselves or carpool to a variety of locations. All levels welcome. Lunches are not included. We will move around, but will focus on places with the simplest accessibility. Student ages 16+ are welcome to register. Youth ages 12 and up may attend if accompanied by an adult.

Required Tools

  • Field notebook
  • Your favorite birding field guide (available for purchase @ North House School Store)
  • Layered, warm, light colored clothing (sweatshirts, jackets, long pants)
  • Hat
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Rain Gear
  • Sturdy footwear for hiking (trails may be wet from dew and rain)
  • Insect repellant, and/or insect head net
  • Sunglasses for bright outdoor sun
  • Sun-block
  • Water bottles
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Small backpack to hold the above


Wed, May 22nd, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 7am-noon
Tuition: $20.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Joe Walewski
Joe Walewski
Finland, MN

Meet the Instructor

Joe Lutz
Grand Marais, MN

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Birding Wednesday: Drop-in Session