Upcoming speakers/events 2019 – 2020

February 13, 2020 – David Grosshuesch, Wildlife Biologist
Forest Service, Superior National Forest
Gunflint Ranger District

The MAPS program: Summary of bird banding results  in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota

The Institute for Bird Population’s (IBP) Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS)
program is a continent-wide collaborative effort among public agencies, non-profits, and
individuals to assist in the conservation of birds and their habitats through demographic
monitoring ( There are currently over 400
cooperating bird banding stations in this network with five stations operating in northeastern
Minnesota. The Arrowhead stations include Wolf Ridge (Finland), Weiss Creek (Isabella), Hawk
Ridge (Duluth), Sugarloaf Cove (Tofte), and Hubachek Wilderness Research Center (Ely). The
purpose of this presentation will be to offer background information about the MAPS program,
but more importantly, to share preliminary results of bird populations (including trends and
demographic information) in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota.

January 9: Animal Tracks in the Snow – Larry Weber

Many critters are active here all winter. We do see some, but there are many that we do not see. Fortunately, they leave their tracks that tell of their activities. We will look at these tracks and how to know who was here and sometimes their stories in the snow.

November 14: John James Audubon – Pat Miller

Like all of us bird lovers, we keep running into the name “Audubon” everywhere. We know him as the man most responsible for the knowledge of birds in North America, and for his distinctive drawings of birds in their natural environment. But who was he as a person? How did those accomplishments come to be? What would it be like to follow him in the woods for a day? After visiting his home in Henderson, Kentucky, I bought the most highly recommended biography of Audubon and became enthralled. I’d love to share some of his story with you as a way of paying tribute to his skills and passion. Pat Miller

“When the bird and the book disagree, believe the bird.” James Audubon

November Gull Watches

When: Sunday mornings November 3, 10, 24, December 1, 2019 @ 10am Dec. 1 gull watched cancelled – winter storm predicted – but check back here for the November, 2019 gull watch reports.  

Where: Superior entry breakwall (very end of Wisconsin Point)

Contact: Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus –


If you have ever wanted a chance to spend time in the field to learn gulls, this event might be for you! Join obsessive gull watcher Clinton Dexter- Nienhaus on this DAS Superior Entry Gull Watch. This field trip has the intention to view and learn about gull identification in the field, less about listing.

Gulls can be a difficult group of birds to identify, but this field experience will work to help attendees better understand the more common gulls in Minnesota, as well as give pointers on how to spot the more uncommon species of gull that make their way to the state every fall and winter.

Targets for this trip would include Iceland gull (Thayer’s and Kumlein’s), Glaucous Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, and maybe even a shot at a 7 gull species day with something rare mixed in!

Meet at the Superior entry Breakwall (very end of Wisconsin Point) at 10:00 AM. The gulling
could last between 2-4 hours, depending on the gulls. Bring cameras, binoculars, and spotting scopes. If possible, bring one loaf of bread or more (for the gulls!). Dress according to the weather. This is a stationary event that will not have any bathroom breaks or lunch stops, so bring snacks and water as needed. RSVP required: RSVP to Clinton Dexter- Nienhaus at

Report from November 11,2018: Superior Entry Gull Watch:

This is my 3rd year doing stationary gull watches at Superior Entry. The intention of this event (which is ongoing) is to spend time with and learn gulls. With nearly 350 gulls present on the 11th, there was plenty of learning to be done! Somewhat disappointing was species diversity, with only one adult Thayer’s Iceland Gull (photo below) and 8 Ring-billed gulls to break up the Herring Gull party. Nonetheless, we were able to learn and check out a representative or two of every age class of both Herring and Ring-billed Gulls! The biggest surprise of this trip was the sheer number of Bald Eagles present, which really can make gulling tough. There were no less than 20 Bald Eagles loafing around and chasing gulls during our time at Superior Entry! The other significant species most of the group got to see was a pretty strong showing of… Sea Ducks! We had a total of 13 White-winged Scoters and 1 Black Scoter fly by the entry while we were watching gulls. A nice treat for the group, even if they were a little distant. As I said, these Gull Watches continue on November 18 and 25, starting a 10 am. If you are interested, send me an email at