DAS Events

You can use our Duluth Audubon Society Birding Map to find the location of one of our guided group trips…or go on your own.  Most of these are also described on the Minnesota birding hotspots website and more info is at eBird.

Events Calendar

[Here is a link to past presentation videos]

EVENTS

Feb. 8, 2024 @ 7 pm (CT)

Wild Orchids in Northern Minnesota


with Rubin Stenseng

Did you know that there are native, wild orchids right here in the northland?  There are 35 species of orchids in the Minnesota Arrowhead region, and they come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, shapes, and seasonal blooms.  



Rubin Stenseng, a Minnesota Master Naturalist since 2006, enjoys the challenge and the reward of searching for and finding wild orchids.  He loves to share orchid information with others, including orchid ethics, pollination strategies, bloom phenology, and the rich diversity of species. He will guide us to learn about these delightful plants so that when we encounter them in the field, we will have a better understanding and appreciation of these fascinating treasures in our natural world.

(In-Person ONLY)


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth

835 W College St,

Duluth, MN 55811

Jan. 11, 2024 @ 7 pm (CT) *** CANCELLED ***

Camera Trapping with Ryan Pennesi 

Ryan Pennesi is a wildlife and nature photographer living on the North Shore of MN, based in Finland.

At our January program he will share photography stories and techniques from his journey as an artist. Ryan’s specialty is "remote camera trapping" which involves a motion sensor and off camera flashes. He will discuss the history of camera trapping as well as what it can teach us in the modern age. He is most interested in using the images and the accompanying tales as conservation tools.

Join us as Ryan sparks our curiosity and helps us connect to the natural world in a different way! 



*** 1/11/2024 THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - WILL RESCHEDULE AT A LATER DATE ***



(in-person only)


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth

835 W College St,

Duluth, MN 55811

December/January

Duluth Area Christmas Bird Counts - Get involved!


There are CBC Counts that you may be able to participate in.  You can even contribute just be counting birds at your own feeder. 

Nov. 9, 2023 @ 7 pm (CT)

AUTWIN: A MICRO-SEASON

WITH LARRY WEBER



AutWin is a name that Larry Weber invented for this time of year; the time after the leaves have fallen from the trees and before the lasting snow cover. Usually, it is from about October 20 to November 20; the time of year that we are in now.

AutWin is a remarkable time! It is Awesome AutWin!


Join us for an evening with Larry Weber as he shares what he has observed in nature during this micro-season! He will also have books of the same name for sale at the presentation.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth

(in-person only)

835 W College St,

Duluth, MN 55811

Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 10 am CT

SUPERIOR ENTRY GULL WATCH 

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. 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 outings 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. Locations might change based on availability of gulls in the area. 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.



Sign Up Required (click here)

Oct. 28, 2023 (All Day)

NORTH SHORE FIELD TRIP


Adventure up the shore on the 7th Annual Duluth Audubon Society North Shore Birding Field Trip! 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! The trip will start at 7:30 AM 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 lunch, snacks, and any water that you might need for the day. Minimal walking for this trip should be expected 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!

Field Trip - Registration Required

Oct. 12, 2023 @ 7 pm CT

A Birder’s Guide to Minnesota…again!

with Kim Eckert


Everything old is new again, or so they say. An updated version (including QR codes!) of the classic county by county guide to Minnesota birding will show this to be true. Join us for an evening with Kim Eckert as he fills us in on the latest additions and revisions to A Birder’s Guide to Minnesota!

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth

(in-person only)

835 W College St,

Duluth, MN 55811

Tuesdays in September - Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2023 @ 7 am CT


FALL WARBLER WALKS!   



The birds are headed to their wintering grounds and we wish to bid them a safe journey! 


Trail and beach conditions may be un-even. Please reach out to [email protected] with any acomodations requests.

No registration required.

Weather-related cancellations will be communicated by email and Facebook prior to the walk. 


Park Point - Duluth (Meet at Park Point Recreation Area) No Registration Required.








Sept. 14, 2023 @ 7 pm CT

"Midway Island Seabird Conservation"



Scott Wolff will share with us his conservation work with Albatross and other Pacific Ocean species on Midway Island. 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth

(in-person only)

835 W College St,

Duluth, MN 55811

June 20, 2023 @

7-8:30 p.m. (CT)

Pick a Bird Brain Series

Dr. James Paruk: Loon Lessons



James D. Paruk is one of the world’s leading experts on the Common Loon. Paruk has studied breeding and wintering loons in several states and Canada for 30 years. He recently wrote a book entitled, Loon Lessons: Uncommon Encounters with the Great Northern Diver published by the University of Minnesota Press. The book provides the most current detailed account of what we know about loon biology, behavior, and conservation. Currently, he is a Professor of Biology at St. Joseph’s College, in Maine.


This event is co-sponsored by Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Duluth Audubon, and UMD Center for Environmental Education. Come join Jim for an enlightening and entertaining evening celebrating the Minnesota State Bird, our beloved Common Loon. For those of you who will not be able to attend in person, the presentation will be recorded and made available online at a later date on the Hawk Ridge YouTube Channel.

UMD Life Sciences Bldg – Room 175

May 18, 2023

DAS May Program and Annual Meeting - A Catalog of Birds: Birding at St. Scholastica with Brad Snelling and Todd White



The College of St. Scholastica has a storied history of birding on campus! Join us for an evening with Brad Snelling and Todd White as they share about birding projects past and present.

The program will be preceded by a birding walk with Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus at 5 PM, meeting outside the entrance to the library. The program and annual meeting will take place in the Raven Room at the library, beginning at 7 PM. With the academic year over, parking lots are available for parking.


5 p.m. - Birding Walk

7 p.m. - Program

7:45 p.m. - Annual Meeting

College of St. Scholastica

May 11, 2023 @ 6 p.m.

Audubon Name and Legacy Discussions


As you may be aware, the National organization considered a change of name, but ultimately decided to stay with Audubon. The exploration of a name change has been in response to growing knowledge of the complicated history and legacy of John James Audubon. Will you join us for a meaningful, civil discussion of two articles that explore this complicated history and legacy? We will gather for 90 minutes or so to discuss the following articles. Please read them beforehand and bring them for the discussion!



https://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2021/what-do-we-do-about-john-james-audubon


https://www.audubon.org/news/the-myth-john-james-audubon

Virtual

May 2, 2023 @ 6 p.m.

Audubon Name and Legacy Discussions



As you may be aware, the National organization considered a change of name, but ultimately decided to stay with Audubon. The exploration of a name change has been in response to growing knowledge of the complicated history and legacy of John James Audubon. Will you join us for a meaningful, civil discussion of two articles that explore this complicated history and legacy? We will gather for 90 minutes or so to discuss the following articles. Please read them beforehand and bring them for the discussion!


https://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2021/what-do-we-do-about-john-james-audubon


https://www.audubon.org/news/the-myth-john-james-audubon

Blacklist Brewing Company, Duluth

May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023 (i.e. Thursdays) @ 7 a.m. (CT)

Spring Warbler Walks at Western Waterfront Trail!



Trail and beach conditions may be un-even. Please reach out to [email protected] with any accomodations requests. No registration required. Weather-related cancellations will be communicated by email and Facebook prior to the walk.

Field Trip [No Registration Required]

Meet at Waabizheshikana Trail (Marten or Western Waterfront Trail) Parking lot behind Munger Inn

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2023 (i.e. Tuesdays) @ 7 a.m. (CT)

Spring Warbler Walks at Park Point!



Trail and beach conditions may be un-even. Please reach out to [email protected] with any accomodations requests. No registration required. Weather-related cancellations will be communicated by email and Facebook prior to the walk.

Field Trip [No Registration Required]

Meet at Park Point Parking Lot

April 13, 2023 @ 7 p.m. (CT)

“Animal Rehab at the Great Lakes Aquarium” ~ Danielle Tikalsky (Great Lakes Aquarium)



“What happens to animals that undergo a life event leaving them unable to be successful in the wild? For some, the answer can be bleak, but others find themselves on a path of rehabilitation and rehoming at zoos and aquariums! Serving now as ambassadors for their species and conservation, these animals live a different type of life while showing guests where we as humans intersect with their wild counterparts. Join Danielle Tikalsky from Great Lakes Aquarium as we meet Bogey, Horus, and Freeway to hear their stories! Each from different parts of the country, they can share insight into the process and benefits of animal rehabilitation.”

Virtual Presentation

March 9, 2023 @ 7 p.m. (CT)

Finch Irruptions, the Finch Research Network (FiRN) and the Winter Finch forecast. ~ Matthew A. Young



Birders are often delighted to observe winter finches during the winter, and the Winter Finch Forecast is one of the most highly anticipated birding/ornithological reports of the year. Matthew Young, President and Founder of the Finch Research Network, will talk about these interesting and beautiful winter finches and what led to the formation of the Finch Research Network (FiRN), and what FiRN plans to accomplish into the futureplan to talk about finch irruptions, the launching of the Finch Research Network, and where we plan to go in the future with the forecast and research we'll be doing at FiRN.

Virtual Presentation

February 9, 2023 @ 7 p.m. (CT)

Birding in Cuba ~ with Laura Erickson



In the depths of Northland winter, our minds drift like the wind-blown snow. A memory sends us back in time conjuring…what was that sensation again?….oh, yes. Warmth! The daydream takes us to someplace tropical with the sights and sounds of a decidedly different experience than our icy everyday.

Laura Erickson will transport us to that place as she remembers her 2016 trip to Cuba. She brought home lots of stories and photos of exciting birds, including of her "Most Wanted" species, the Cuban Tody, to recall on deep winter days such as these.

Virtual Presentation

January 12, 2023 @ 7 p.m. (CT)

"A Cultural History of Hummingbirds"


~ Noah Comet (Professor of English at U.S. Naval Academy)

Virtual Presentation

December/January

Duluth Area Christmas Bird Counts - Get involved!


There are CBC Counts that you may be able to participate in.  You can even contribute just be counting birds at your own feeder. 

November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022 @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (CT)

SUPERIOR ENTRY GULL WATCHES!

Field Trip - Registration Required

Saturday, October 29, 2022 – ALL DAY

NORTH SHORE SEA DUCK ADVENTURE

Field Trip - Registration Required

October 13, 2022 @ 7-8 p.m. (CT)

“Natural Connections: Natural Gifts”

EMILY STONE – Naturalist

Virtual Presentation

September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022 (Tuesdays) @ 7-9 a.m. (CT)

FALL WARBLER WALKS!

Park Point Recreation Area, Duluth


Join in the fun as we seek to identify those difficult Fall warblers and distant raptors! We will meet at the main parking lot by the Park Point ball fields. For those with mobility or sensory challenges, there may be walking on uneven terrain and sand, as well as limited or no restroom access.

Field Trip - Registration Required