Wolf Ridge

Saw-whet Owl Banding

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Discover the “unseen migration” that takes place along the Lake Superior corridor during fall’s star-filled nights. Spend a fall weekend banding Saw-whet owls with Dave Grosshuesch, one of the area’s most respected banders.

  • Receive fundamental and focused instruction on how to capture, handle, age, and process owls.
  • The emphasis will be on Northern Saw-whet owls, however, we will spend time talking about other species (i.e. Long-eared, Boreal, and Great Grey owls) that use this flyway.
  • Learn about other owl monitoring techniques.
  • Bird banding is weather dependent. Alternative raptor-related programming will be offered if it is raining at night. Take heart – we haven’t been rained out on the Fab Fall weekend yet!

This and other Fabulous Fall Adult Workshops are open to ages 18 and up.



About Instructors Dave Grosshuesch and Peter Harris

Dave Grosshuesch’s enthusiasm and knowledge of birds has few equals. He has worked as a passerine and raptor bander and raptor counter for Hawk Ridge Observatory in Duluth Minnesota. He currently works for the United States Forest Service as a wildlife biologist. Dave holds a master bird-banding license and currently runs a MAPS station in the summer months and a owl banding station in the fall. Not only does Dave participate in the collection of bird-banding data, but he also analyses the data and employs it in his job with the Superior National Forest in Tofte, MN.

Peter Harris coordinates research and science projects Wolf Ridge. He supervises the Center’s bird banding programs, and has been banding and providing education around the science of bird banding for over 30 years. Over his career, countless students have been able to get up close and personal with songbirds and raptors. Pete is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.


Fuel for your imagination

We take great pride in creating delicious daily meals.  Whether coming in from a day spent outside, or getting ready for the day, everyone will find choices to satisfy their appetites in the Lake Superior Dining Room.

Chris O’Brien, our food service director, believes “we should all be fed well, every meal, every day.” From-scratch vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes are available at each and every meal. Vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten free as well. All dietary requests are addressed and often the menu is adjusted to reflect the needs and wants of our clients. Those with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food that addresses their needs. Fresh fruit, veggies, and homemade breads are available all day, in addition to coffee and tea.

Chris and his staff go above and beyond to meet our guests needs and work hard to produce a choice driven, healthy, hearty meal while creating a sense of community here at Wolf Ridge. Most of our produce is from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm and our meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible. It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.


A place to kick back and relax

The new Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge features wonderful views of the campus’s maple-covered hills, valleys and cliff-lined lakes. The common areas also have great views and lots of windows. You’ll find comfortable furniture to relax in, tables for socializing, and a small kitchenette with sink, microwave and refrigerator. Two of the five common areas have massive stone fireplaces.

MAC Lodge sleeping accommodations are divided into suites. Each suite includes two bedrooms, a shared space with two sinks, and separate toilet and shower rooms. Those who want more privacy can close the sliding door to their individual bedroom. Each bedroom contains two bunkbeds and can sleep one to four people. For adult programs, a maximum of 6 people share a suite.  If you choose to pay for a single bedroom, you will have a private sleeping space, and will share a bathroom and shower with 1-3 suite-mates. Groups of four or may may request to share a suite.

The newly remodeled MAC lodge is one of the most sustainably-designed buildings in the nation. It is one of only 45 in the world to be seeking full Living Building Challenge certification.

Dates and Cost

September 27 – 29, 2019

Program starts with 5:30 dinner on Friday and ends after Sunday lunch.

$340  – Includes meals, lodging, instruction, and field trip transportation.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Refund requests must be made in writing and received no later than two weeks prior to the start of the session. All cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of the camp session are non-refundable. If cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the start of the session a refund, minus the $150 deposit, may be given for illness, injury, or death in the immediate family.

At the time of registration a $150 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT PER PERSON must be made to hold your session spot.


For more information, or to register by phone…

Send your question via “Contact Us”.
Call us to register or get more information at 218-353-7414.
Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8-4:30.