September 10 –Wisconsin Point Fall Birding Orientation, with Adaptive Features (8-10AM, Lot #4)—This event is primarily for those for whom mobility is a concern. This outing is wheelchair and walker friendly. If accessibility is a requirement for you to be able to go birding and you wish to join in, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration may open to a wider audience in the coming week.
September 18 – Wisconsin Point Beach Clean-up at Jaegerfest—Enjoy a morning with the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology as they hold Jaegerfest (https://wsobirds.org/birding-events/eventdetail/1653/-/wisconsin-point-weekend-jaegerfest-superior-sept-17-19), then join in beautifying the beach. More info to come.
September 25 –Wisconsin Point Fall Birding—An opportunity to wander the trails and survey the beach searching for birds! Registration to come.
November 6 – 6th Annual Duluth North Shore Sea Duck Trip — Starting at 7:30 am, meeting in Canal Park Lighthouse Parking Lot ending in Grand Marais and trip should return to Duluth by 6:30-7:30 pm.
This day trip will be looking for sea ducks, but won’t scoff at other late-fall rarities along coastal St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties! There is a shot at all three Scoters, Goldeneyes, Long-tailed Ducks, and Harlequin Ducks. Past trips have also turned up goodies like Boreal Chickadee, Red Crossbill, Northern Mockingbird, Western Meadowlark, and Bohemian Waxwing. This is a great time of year to see late season migrants like Rough-legged Hawk, Snow Bunting, even a chance at Townsend’s Solitaire and other rarities. The trip will start in Canal Park with some early morning viewing of birds in the canal, hoping to see both winter gulls and waterfowl. From there, the trip will work up and along the shore, hitting hotspots like Brighton Beach, Agate and Burlington Bay, Taconite Harbor and more ending up in Hovland, just north of Grand Marais.
Participants should be prepared for a long day of driving, with intermittent bathroom breaks. Plan on bringing a lunch, a stop for dinner with the group can be made if desired. Minimal walking for this trip, with lots of car time and some gaps between stops. Plan on lots of learning opportunities about the north shore and Duluth area while we are driving. Bring spotting scopes if you have them, and plan for brisk weather!
November 7, 14, 21, 28 – Superior Entry Gull Watches — Meeting at Superior Entry on Wisconsin Point 10 am to 2 pm.
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 and Duluth Audubon Society Vice President Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus for this season’s Duluth Audubon Society 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, and 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.
Potential species on these field trips include Iceland gull (Thayer’s and Kumlein’s), Glaucous Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, and rarer late fall species like Lesser black-backed Gull. We will 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.