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It's time to start our 2014-2015 season of educational programs. DAS will host programs this season starting September 11. Additional dates are: October 9, November 13, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14. A listing of the program topics will be emailed to you soon.

All of us at DAS hope you'll want to attend our programs this season. Attending our programs is one way you can show your support for us. We're looking forward to seeing you.

Duluth Audubon Society September Program
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street, Duluth
Free and open to all

"Laura's Conservation Big Year 2013"
Presented by Laura Erickson, author, ornithologist, naturalist

Laura Erickson spent 2013 trying to see as many birds of conservation concern in the Lower 48. She went on two of Kim Eckert's Minnesota Birding Week tours (to Texas and Colorado), and attended a few birding festivals, but mostly birded on her own, and had all kinds of adventures, from standing within 25 feet or so of California Condors in Big Sur to a sudden encounter with a mountain lion when she was birding alone in Big Bend. Her goals were to see every warbler illustrated in her beloved original Golden Guide, and to spend time with as many birds that need our help as she could. Hear some of her fun and interesting stories.

Here's some background information on Laura ...

Laura Erickson has been fascinated with birds since she could stand on the sofa and watch city pigeons out her Chicago two-flat window when she was a toddler. She has been avidly birding since 1975, and since then she has been teaching about birds as a local Audubon society field trip leader, elementary and junior high school teacher, "For the Birds" radio program creator and producer, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, public speaker, and writer.
For a few years, she was what she calls a migrant worker, migrating between her house and husband in Duluth, Minnesota, and her job as Science Editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. But she was homesick and returned to Minnesota for good. Now, she's a contributing editor to BirdWatching magazine, and still working on "For the Birds," which has been on the air for over 25 years. Laura and her husband Russ live with two cats (one had been feral, the other a stray, both eating birds until they moved in with them and became indoor cats), and her licensed education Eastern Screech-Owl, Archimedes. She has three wonderful adult children, none of whom is a birder, but all of whom care about birds and the environment.

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Autumn Birding Strolls

It's fall, and time for autumn strolls! Please welcome our new strolls guide ... Clinton Nienhaus, a new DAS board member and graduate student in environmental education at UMD.

Duluth Audubon Society Hosts ...
"Autumn Birding Strolls at Park Point with Clinton Nienhaus"
Starting Friday, September 12. Meet every Friday through October, at Sky Harbor Airport parking area (end of road) at 7 am.
Free and open to all.
In case of questionable weather, please contact Clinton in the morning at 507-525-3151.

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About Duluth Audubon Society

Duluth Audubon Society is celebrating its 39th year of promoting the enjoyment of birds, educating the public, and protecting habitat for our region’s diverse plant and animal species.  Established as the Duluth Bird Club in the early 1940s, we became a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1972. Our mission is to promote education, conservation, and research focused on birds, and to preserve and enhance the ecological diversity of the greater Duluth area. 

As members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, we believe in the power of collaborative grassroots efforts to protect and restore Minnesota’s  natural environment.  Please browse our website to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of birds and other species native to our unique urban wilderness.

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About Our Logo

We chose the birds in our logo to highlight the important role water and marshlands play in our region.  Ecosystems at the boundary between water and land are vital to so many of our birds, as well as other important wildlife species, but unfortunately many of these areas are also considered by humans as “prime real estate.”  In addition to development, many of our rivers, lakes, and marshes are being degraded by runoff from industry, households, and mines.


Despite these challenges, the Great Blue Heron has a conservation status of “Least Concern,”* partly because it was never over-hunted for its plumage, and also due to its greater tolerance for pesticides compared to other bird species.  The Heron prefers to nest in trees near water, and reminds us to keep our shore areas well-planted, preferably with trees and other plants native to our region.


photo of Yellow Rail by Dominic Sherony

Unfortunately, the Yellow Rail--a small, secretive, wetlands bird--has not fared as well as the Heron.  It is now a Minnesota Species of Greatest Conservation Need bird, as well as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Priority Species for this region.  The Yellow Rail breeds in shallow marshes and wet meadows, and its numbers have declined mainly due to habitat loss.  We hope that the establishment of the St. Louis River Estuary/Minnesota Point Important Bird Area will help expand this bird’s habitat.  Click here for more information on the Yellow Rail.

*According to the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN).

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P.O. BOX 3091 • Duluth, MN 55803 • das@duluthaudubon.org
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