September 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
12:00 am

Geese Fly South
Geese Fly South

Canada geese migrate south because they need open water for food and as a place of refuge from predators. They fly at 40 mph, but can reach 70 mph with a good tailwind. They fly in a V formation with each bird a bit higher than the one in front. Some speculate the lead goose breaks wind and allows the others to draft. Do you know why one side of the V is longer than the other? More birds on that side.

September 12, 2020 - October 30, 2020
12:00 am

Fall Raptor Migration
Fall Raptor Migration

Each fall thousands of raptors migrate south toward nesting grounds and/or better food sources. The North Shore is one of the best places in North America to view this migration. While kestrels and hawks begin their southern journey in mid-August, the peak of the big bird fly over is mid-September to late October.

Species include Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon, [pictured here].

Viewing Tip
Head out on a day with northwest winds which concentrate the birds down the shoreline. West winds are almost as effective in concentrating the flock movements. South and east winds produce fewer birds, but they often fly lower and are easier to spot.

Bring binoculars and head to the high point in the area – usually a ridge line, typically a mile or so inland from Highway 61. Hawk Ridge in Duluth is the quintessential [and busiest] place to see the migration. They give daily bird counts and have more info about the migration.

September 14, 2020 - October 20, 2020
All Day

Fall Colors: Birch/Poplar Season
Fall Colors: Birch/Poplar Season

As the maple colors peak and fade, the birch and poplar and tamarack turn yellow, creating a second golden fall color season. You will find these colors right along the Highway 61 corridor and just inland, especially from Duluth to Split Rock Lighthouse.

See suggested Fall Color Drives & Hikes and get the weekly Fall Color Report, starting Sep. 9th.

September 25, 2020 - April 10, 2021
12:00 am

Bears Hibernate
Bears Hibernate

True hibernators’ body temps drop, their heart beat slows, and they don’t ‘wake up’ when prodded or exposed to loud noises. Black bears, chipmunks, snakes, frogs, toads and some turtles hibernate. Other mammals go into torpor, a state of deep, temporary sleep from which they wake to eat, drink, release waste.

Learn more about bear hibernation.

October 1, 2020 - October 25, 2020
All Day

Grand Marais Art Colony October Offerings
Grand Marais Art Colony October Offerings

Grand Marais Art Colony | Grand Marais MN

Workshops, opportunities and events

Sep 30-Oct 4 :: Deep Dive
8 :: Woodblock Printmaking
9-10/11 :: Painting Bootcamp
10 :: Japanese Stab bound Books
10-11 :: Beginning Watercolor
10-11 :: Maiolica Tiles
15 :: Art Journaling Re-invented
15 :: Build Your Own Board Game
16-17 :: Spontaneous Process Painting
17 :: Halloween Mask Making
19 :: Novel Starter Class
20 :: Virtual Class _ Ceramics Materials Worjshop
22-25 :: Bringing Movement and Depth to Your Paintings

Check our site for additional information

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
All Day

North House October Events
North House October Events

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

Upcoming events and courses at North House Folk School

Sep 3- Oct 4 :: Nature Photography: Fall Equinox Session
4 – &. :: Fly Fishing the North Shore
9 :: Soap Making the Old Fashioned Way
9-11 :: Handcraft a Wool Braided Rug
9-11 :: Herbalism Apprentice
10-11 :: The Cedar Hand Drum
15-19 :: Family Weekend
15-19 :: :: Nature Photography
22-25 :: Yurt Building
23-24 :: Hand-Sewn Leather Tote
23-25 :: Knitting the Borealis Hat
23-25 :: Rosemaling: Valdres Style
23-25 :: Traditional Swedish Hair jewelry
23-25 :: Artisan Breads Immersion
24 :: Viking Posament Bracelet  online
29-Nov 1 :: Deersking Mittens with Aniishiinaabe Style Beadwork
30-Nov 1 :: Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings

Find detail on the North House website.

October 16, 2020 - October 18, 2020
All Day

Moose Madness
Moose Madness

Downtown Grand Marais | Grand Marais MN

Throughout Moose Madness weekend, there are events for everyone. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic with the weekend centered on earning and spending “moose bucks.” Kiddos can earn moose bucks by participating in scavenger hunts, races, and arts activities all around town.

For everyone’s safety Moose Central/Headquarters will not be part of the 2020 festival.

Moose Madness Medallion Hunt begins at 9:00 am on Friday morning!! For the sleuths in the crowd, the moose madness medallion hunt is a hoot. The first clues are released at 9:00 am on Friday morning and go on until it is found!

October 16, 2020 - October 17, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Scenic 61 Craft Market
Scenic 61 Craft Market

Little Red Schoolhouse | Two Harbors MN

Local artisans selling their wares – jewelry, wood products, food, soaps, knit/crochet goods, etc.  Masks are required!

October 16, 2020 - December 5, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cook County Through My Eyes Vol. II

Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery | Grand Marais MN

A Photo Art Exhibit by David R. Johnson

Join the JHP Art Gallery for an exhibition of new works.

Stop in to see the exhibit during our regular business hours: Fridays 1 – 4 pm & Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

You may also schedule an online viewing of the exhibit

October 16, 2020
3:30 pm

New Moon Stargazing
New Moon Stargazing

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing.

Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper.

In the summer, the dipper is at ‘9-o’clock’ and hangs dipper down.
In the autumn, the dipper is at ‘6-o’clock’ with the dipper facing up/handle to the left.
In the winter, the dipper is at ‘3-o’clock’ with the handle hanging down.
In the spring, the dipper is at ’12-o’clock’ with the dipper facing down/handle to the right.