Upcoming speakers/events 2020 – 2021

April 8, 2020 – Alexis Grinde

1 hour interactive presentation – Rusty Blackbird migratory stopover in the St. Louis River Estuary

Dr. Grinde is Research Program Manager and Wildlife Ecologist with the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) in Duluth.

The Duluth area provides important bird habitat for birds throughout the year.  For example, tens of thousands of Rusty Blackbirds use the St. Louis River Estuary each spring and fall, however little is known about their habitat requirements during migration. I will discuss the results of NRRI’s on-going Rusty Blackbird study and other research that is helping us learn more about the ecology and year-round habitat requirements of Duluth’s iconic bird communities.



March 11, 2020 – Margie Menzies

1 hour interactive presentation 

Margie is the Education Program Director with the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO).  She will tell us about the research, education and stewardship efforts of HRBO and hopefully news of the spring migration of birds that will be flying by Hawk Ridge.

February 11, 20201- How Animals Learn

1 hour interactive presentation by Haley Appleman

The science of behavior has come a long way since Pavlov’s experiments with salivating dogs. With Naturalist Haley Appleman, we’ll discover why a bear returns to the same backyard night after night, how the Cable Natural History Museum’s raptors learn to stay calm in front of school groups, and the best ways to teach your pets. We’ll even learn how this science can be applied to people so you can practice training techniques with your friends and family!

January 14, 2021 – Introduction to Rice Lake and Mille Lacs National                                                 Wildlife Refuges

1 hour interactive presentation by Walt Ford

Walt Ford, Refuge Manager, will give a presentation on both refuges to the Duluth Audubon Society and enlighten us on all the great work done there.

December, 2020 – No program

Local Audubon Christmas Bird Count information :

Christmas Bird Count season is right around the corner, with the first day of counting beginning on Monday, December 14! The Duluth Christmas Count will be held on Sunday, December 20th.
Due to COVID-19, participation by new birders is not possible for the main count. However, you still can participate by reporting the birds at your bird feeders!
If you live in the Duluth Christmas Bird Count Circle  (zoom into the Duluth Circle – map link below) and are interested in taking a few minutes to count the birds at your feeders, send CBC Compiler Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus an email at with your interest!
If you are interested in learning more about Christmas Bird Counts, head over to the Audubon Society’s Website:
To see an awesome map with all of the Christmas Bird Counts this year follow this link:

November 12, 2020 – A Busy Year for Interstate (Bird) Island

1 hour interactive presentation by Melissa Sjolund

Mellissa from the Minnesota DNR will give an update on the work that has involved expansion and elevation of the island and improvement of the common tern nesting area.   Expect to hear updates on other  current St. Louis River Estuary projects as well.

Duluth Audubon Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Duluth Audubon Society November program
Time: Nov 12, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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October 8, 2020 – Watching the Amity Owls Grow Up

1 hour interactive presentation by Richard Hoeg

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A photographic journey of a family of great horned owls from mating – 1st day on the nest – hatching – growing up, by Minnesota based birder/photographer/Sax-Zim Bog volunteer naturalist.  A visit to his website is well worth the time:

September 10, 2020 – The Call of the Loon 

1 hour interactive presentation by Emily Stone

Common loons are anything but ordinary. Diving deep, flying fast, and fighting hard, these Northwoods icons are ready to capture your imagination with their precisely tuned adaptations to life on our lakes. This presentation by naturalist and author Emily Stone will help you learn all about these fascinating creatures through photos, specimens and plenty of time for questions. Then try your hand at decoding their eerie calls.