5745
Sandstone
Migration Mysteries: Birds, Wolves & North Country Settlers
Get to know the North Woods as you observe wolves at the Wildlife Center, learn about migrating birds and enjoy expert lectures on the region’s Ojibwe Indians and pioneer settlers.
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Program No. 5745RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sandstone
D
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Afternoon: After arriving and checking into your room, there will be a walking tour of the property covering our facilities including Historic Schwyzer Lodge and our Wildlife Barn. We will also walk over to our viewing platform of beautiful Grindstone Lake. Distance covered is about two city blocks.

Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style by our experienced and professional kitchen staff in the Blandin Dining Hall. This spacious building has stained glass windows, local art, a stone fireplace, and a view of Grindstone Lake.

Evening: We will gather for introductions to one another, the Center and for a review of the week's schedule.

DAY
2
Ojibwe History, American Indian Museum, Birds of Prey
Sandstone
B,L,D
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Center dining hall - just 80 feet from lodging to dining hall

Morning: Presentation on old-time MN Loggers. This is the land of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Find out about the men who fell 200 foot white pines, balanced on logs down rapids, sawed trees at -50 F, ate more than you can imagine, and slept on piles of straw through the frigid winters.

Lunch: Lunch is served in the dining hall

Afternoon: Field trip to North West Fur Post to learn about Voyageur History. Perhaps the most colorful characters to ever call this area home were the Voyageurs. During the fur trade of the 1600-1800s these jovial, tough, and musical lads paddled furs and trade goods thousands of miles every summer. Learn about their incredible lives at this engaging recreated Fur Post.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the dining hall

Evening: Presentation on wolves. No other animal evokes such strong emotions as the wolf. This morning we will look at this fascinating animal, its adaptations, behaviors and lifestyle, while also looking at the human interaction with this species, from long held myths, to current management and research techniques.

DAY
3
Wolf Ecology & Human Interactions, Fire Catastrophe of 1894
Sandstone
B,L,D
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dining hall

Morning: Field trip Wildlife Science Center to observe behavior of captive pack of wolves. The Wildlife Science Center has been conducting research and education programs on wolves for nearly 30 years. During this day you will get firsthand experience of wolf behavior, traits and adaptations, led by the Wildlife Science Center staff.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch

Afternoon: Field trip to Hinckley Fire Museum to learn about the Great Hinckley Fire. There have been 3 recorded firestorms in history- the bombings at Dresden, Germany, the atomic bomb of Hiroshima, Japan and the Hinckley Fire. Learn about the conditions of the time that led to this catastrophic fire and the effects it had and still has on the area.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the dining hall

Evening: Program on bird of prey natural history - with live educational raptors present. Our wildlife staff will lead an engaging program with a number of our raptors which could include hawks, falcons, owls, and eagle. Learn about how these magnificent creatures hunt, their adaptations and how they thrive in the North Country.

DAY
4
Bay Lake birding/Mille Lacs Indian Museum/Migration lecture
Sandstone
B,L,D
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Activity note: We will be riding on a pontoon in the morning

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

Morning: Pontoon Lake Tour of loon, eagle and osprey hot spot. Up close viewing of loons and nesting sites of ospreys and eagles is common

Lunch: Picnic Lunch

Afternoon: Field trip to Mille Lacs Indian Museum to learn about Ojibwe Indian history. The Ojibwe have called this area home for nearly 400 years. This afternoon we will learn about their culture, its past and the present.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the dining hall.

Evening: Evening lecture on bird migrations

DAY
5
Morning bird walk/Hawk Ridge and Canal Park/Free evening
Sandstone
B,L,D
Audubon Center of the North Woods

Activity note: Moderate amount of walking today

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the dining hall.

Morning: Morning Birding Walk on ACNW property.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch

Afternoon: Field trip to Hawk Ridge near Lake Superior. Every fall, tens of thousands of raptors fly over Hawk Ridge- a natural funnel at the southern tip of Lake Superior. We will look for migrating raptors while there. There will also be some free time at Canal Park in Duluth for walking and visiting shops.

Dinner: Dinner is served in our dining hall.

Evening: You will have the evening free after supper. If desired, we can start a campfire for the evening.

DAY
6
Summation of Week, Program Concludes
Sandstone
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in our dining hall.

Morning: The morning will be spent making some traditional ojibwe crafts with our staff, and then wrapping up the weekend with highlights and closing thoughts

Lunch: Lunch in our dining hall.

Afternoon: End of program and depature after lunch