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 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 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 - 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 20, 2020 - November 1, 2020
12:00 am

First Expected Snowfall
First Expected Snowfall

The North Shore will absolutely receive snow before this, but the first snowfall that will stay on the ground typically happens in mid-November, which averages 2 inches of snow closer to Duluth and 4 inches of snow closer to Grand Marais.

October 21, 2020 - November 14, 2020
All Day

Inland Lakes Begin Freezing
Inland Lakes Begin Freezing

By the end of the first week of November ice begins to form on inland lake shores, this year we are seeing bays freezing up already! As the month progresses, skim ice thickens and small, shallow lakes become covered. It is not safe to go out on lake ice until it thickens, usually in December. The ice remains until early May.

October 21, 2020 - October 22, 2020
All Day

Orionids Meteor Shower
Orionids Meteor Shower

The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The waxing crescent moon will set before midnight leaving dark skies for what should be a good show.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

October 21, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We Are All Treaty People: The History of Treaties in (Northern) Minnesota
We Are All Treaty People: The History of Treaties in (Northern) Minnesota

FREE Zoom event: George Dalbo & Joe Eggers [University of MN] will provide an overview of the histories and legacies of treaty-making in Minnesota. We will discuss the 16 treaties that specifically ceded land in Minnesota to the United States between 1837 and 1861, focusing, in particular, on the treaties that impacted Northern Minnesota. We will conclude the discussion by examining the legacies of these treaties, especially the (lack of) relationship many non-Indigenous Minnesotans have towards these treaties today.

FREE – Donations Welcome – Registration Required

Offered through Cook County Higher Education

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