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Birding 101 Workshop Registration Now Open
Duluth Audubon Society March Program
Spring Warbler Walks 2015
All Nighter for Bird Enthusiasts

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Birding 101 Workshop

Mondays, 6:30 to 8 pm, March 30 through April 27, 2015, DAS will host a workshop on bird identification for beginning to intermediate birders.  The workshop, which will meet one night per week for five weeks, including a field trip at the end of the workshop, will be held at University of Minnesota Duluth’s Bagley Nature Center. The workshop will be offered through the UMD Outdoor Recreation Program.

To sign up, fill out the Registration Form and mail in with your check. Early registration (at reduced rate) by March 14.

For more information contact:
Instructor - Clinton Nienhaus, 507-525-3151 nienh009@d.umn.edu
DAS President - Jane Cleave 218-340-00785
janedas@q.com

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Duluth Audubon Society March Program
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street, Duluth
Free and open to all

Wildlife Tracking and Trail Camera Photography
presented by Ryan Pennesi, naturalist, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

 

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Duluth Audubon Society April Program
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 pm
Duluth Public Library - Gold Room
520 West Superior Street, Duluth
Free and open to all

Birds of Cuba
presented by Carrol Henderson, author, and MN DNR Non Game Wildlife Supervisor

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Duluth Audubon Society May Program
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street, Duluth
Free and open to all

The Iron Range: Minnesota’s Last Birding Frontier
presented by Steve Wilson, retired forest ecologist for Minnesota’s Scientific and Natural Areas

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All Nighter for Bird Enthusiasts
Friday/Saturday, July 10-11, 2015, 8:30 pm to 6 am
Presented by Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
7328 Boulder Lake Road, Duluth

Explore and investigate moths, bats, spiders, frogs, birds, owls, astronomy,   glowing fungi, and more.                  
Pre-registration required - $20 per person
Free campsites
For more information or to pre-register email: jdgeissl@d.umn.edu, or call: 218-721-3731

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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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