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June 27th: Wolf Ridge–a Bird Breeding Hot Spot


Sunday, June 27, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (CDT)

Did you know that for nearly 30 years, Wolf Ridge has been monitoring the health of its bird populations as part of the nationwide MAPS project? Join us on Zoom to experience live how we listen for, see, and count some of the key bird species found in the boreal and maple forest of Wolf Ridge property: Nashville Warbler, Ovenbird, Swainson’s Thrush, White-throated Sparrow, and Canada Warbler. Possibly a hummingbird? How many species will we find?

Bird Banding

The Wolf Ridge bird research team, led by long-time Naturalist Peter Harris, will be joined by partners and experts in their field. Wolf Ridge Naturalist and Hummingbird Bander Lori Walewski, Wildlife Biologist Dave Grosshuech, and Ornithologist Danielle Kaschube of the Institute For Bird Populations will help us understand why this science is so important and how the knowledge is used to manage our northern forests.

This event will be held in conjunction with Wolf Ridge’s ongoing bird banding research project, MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship), https://www.birdpop.org/pages/maps.php. Wolf Ridge is one of 1,200 stations across the continent and one of the longest-running MAPS partners in this collaboration that focuses on migrant songbirds and how habitat and population changes in the tropics and the temperate zones are affecting these species.

Join us for an engaging and fascinating live event for birders of all ages, from ecologists to children, and anyone who cares about the health of our northern forests.

Our Speakers

Peter Harris has been a Naturalist at Wolf Ridge since 1984. Peter graduated from UMN with a BS in Biology. He is an enthusiastic ornithologist who loves to share his passion for birds and bird banding.

Danielle Kaschube coordinates the MAPS program for the Institute for Bird Populations. Dani brought her great teaching skills and infectious enthusiasm to Wolf Ridge in 2013 and has been migrating back every year since. Dani received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Calgary, where she studied longspurs, shrikes, bats, and arthropods.

Dave Grosshuesch has been a leading influence in combining data from multiple MAPS stations in the Superior National Forest region. Dave received a B.S. in Wildlife Management and Biology from UW Stevens Point and an M.Sc. in Biology from UM Duluth. He works in wildlife management for Superior National Forest. In addition, Dave teaches a Wolf Ridge workshop each fall on how to band Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Lori Walewski has been a Naturalist at Wolf Ridge since 1988. Lori graduated from UW LaCrosse with a BS in Biology. In addition to serving the songbird banding team at Wolf Ridge, Lori has banded Hummingbirds for the past 20 years.