Activities Spotlight: The Wild Side of the North Shore

We’re very fortunate to be located within the beautiful Superior National Forest along Minnesota’s North Shore. The United States Forest Service manages the wilderness area, using ecosystem management plus multiple uses solutions, for animals and plants to thrive along with human enjoyment and recreation. One of their ways to help educate and excite people about this incredible area is to offer weekly naturalist programs at different locations in Cook County. Forest Service naturalists stop by Bluefin Bay two nights a week during the summer for fun and informative talks. These resort programs are part of the countywide North Shore Resort Naturalist Program funded by the USDA Forest Service and Visit Cook County.  In addition to these programs, our friends at nearby Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center pay us a visit on Wednesdays and Fridays. They stop by to showcase a couple of their wild residents who came to them as part of a rehabilitation program.

Here’s a list of these complimentary nature and wildlife programs:

  • Wednesdays: Raptors! A Naturalist Program:  Join us for an evening with a Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center Naturalist to learn more about raptors! Raptors, or birds of prey, are found worldwide and have special adaptations to catch live animals for their diet.
  • Thursdays: North Shore Naturalist Program – A Superior North Shore:   Join a U.S. Forest Service naturalist for a fun and informative program by the campfire at the Bluefin Bay Beach. Lake Superior dominates the North Shore, but how well do we know our big lake?
  • Fridays:  Meet Hunter The Great Horned Owl: Our friends at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center will be here on Fridays from 3-6pm at the Bluefin Bay Guest Services building. Come meet and learn about his beautiful  Great Horned Owl named Hunter.
  • Saturdays: North Shore Naturalist Program – Wildcats of the Woods: Join a U.S. Forest Service naturalist for a fun and informative program by the campfire at the Bluefin Bay Beach. Find out about the wild cousins of your house kitty who are prowling the Northwoods.

 

 

Loons and Wolves and S’mores, Oh My!

Naturalist ProgramWe’re very fortunate to be located within the beautiful Superior National Forest here along the North Shore. The United States Forest Service manages the wilderness area, using ecosystem management plus multiple uses solutions, for animals and plants to thrive along with human enjoyment and recreation. One of their ways to help educate and excite people about this incredible area is to offer weekly naturalist programs at different locations in Cook County. We’re lucky enough to have them stop by Bluefin Bay two nights a week during the summer for fun and informative talks.

The Wednesday and Friday evening programs at the Bluefin Bay beach are from 7:30-9: 00 pm and come complete with a bonfire and s’mores!

  • On Wednesdays: Wolves in the Night
    Nothing means wilderness like the lonely cry of a wolf. Admired or hated, wolves stir people’s emotions. Learn about Minnesota’s most famous residents.
  • On Fridays: Legends of the Loons 
    The call of the loon sends chills up the spines of everyone in the North. Learn about life as a loon. We’ll also share some stories of the bird known as The Great Northern Diver.

The North Shore Naturalist Programs run through August 25th and you can view a list of all programs in the area on the Superior National Forest website.

 

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