Virtual field trip: Discussion and Q&A (PART 2)

Session Description

Explore the beauty and diversity of the north woods from the safety of your couch. No mosquitoes or blackflies!

Join a dream team of north shore experts for an armchair tour of 4-5 unique habitats common to Minnesota’s Arrowhead region, including rocky Lake Superior shoreline, wetlands, boreal forest and Superior uplands. On Friday, May 15 registrants will receive access to a special web landing page with a variety of media, including 360-degree images, photos, curated links and more to delve in to ahead of time. Then, on Saturday, May 16 at 1:30 pm we’ll all gather via the Zoom platform to hear interpretation, instruction, and plenty of stories only these instructors with a lifetime of experience can share. Bring every question you have and be ready to get a new view of the North Shore that’s both in-depth and wide-ranging. Don’t miss it!

Field Trip Leaders: 

  • Joe Walewski: botany
  • Kurt Mead: insects
  • Margie Menzies: geology
  • Peter Harris: birds


Attend the session

Saturday, May 16, 2020
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Join session in Zoom


Presenter biographies

Kurt Mead is the Interpretive Naturalist at Tettegouche, Temperance River, and George H Crosby Manitou State Parks. He is also the author of “Dragonflies of the North Woods” a field guide to the dragonflies of the area.

Margie Menzies is one part educator, two parts naturalist, and two parts bird nerd! Who says slow and steady wins the race? After years in the formal classroom, she has abandoned the indoors for the great outdoor classroom. She loves birds, geology, everything outdoors, learning, and sharing the natural world with people of all ages. Margie is currently the Education Program Director for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center in Schroeder, MN, during the summer, and is a Master Naturalist Course Instructor with 11 courses under her belt, as well as numerous Advanced Training Workshops.

Joe Walewski is a botanist at heart, as well as the Director of Naturalist Training at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN. Ever curious, he is the author of Ferns and Allies of the North Woods and Lichens of the Northwoods, and maintains a blog of his nature observations, Field Notes. 

Peter Harris has called the North Shore home since 1984. He works at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center where he is responsible for citizen science projects and curriculum associated with birds, weather, air pollution, water ecology, and sustainable lifestyles. He likes to look for relationships between climate and ecology. Humor, passion and sincerity guide his teaching. Peter is a master bird bander and NWS weather observer. He will concentrate on weather/climate and bird populations/adaptations on the North Shore.