Bird of a different feather to present

If you’ve been paying attention to the Outdoors Notes, and really, why wouldn’t you? You might have made plans to attend the Duluth Audubon Society’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to see a presentation by Carrol Henderson, Minnesota DNR nongame wildlife supervisor, on “Birds of Brazil.”

But that bird has flown the coop, so to speak. But fear not! In place of Henderson, freelance writer Sue Leaf will present “A Love Affair with Birds,” about the life of T.S. Roberts, known in some circles as the father of Minnesota ornithology.

Eh? is sure you’ll all flock to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W. College St., to see this program, which will take place at the same time and is free and open to all.

What about Bob(cat)?

An injured bobcat was spotted on the property of a northern Minnesota couple.
Apparently the male bobcat was the victim of a snare trap, which slowly was tightening around his neck.

The couple put out a deer carcass for the cat and observed him every day before contacting Wildwoods.

A Wildwoods volunteer was able to capture the animal and transport him to Duluth, where Dr. Lisa Jeanetta sedated him, removed the snare and assessed his condition.

The bobcat, weighing 23 pounds, suffered from a deep circumferential wound around his neck from the snare. The wound is healing, and he happily is gaining weight thanks to the kind volunteers who donated large amounts of meat.

Bob was released back to the wild Friday morning.

No bikes, hikes, pups

Duluth Parks and Recreation would like to remind the public that the city’s cross-country ski trails are off limits to hiking, pets and winter bicycles, commonly called “fat bikes.”

For those who crave time on their fat bike or time out for a hike, the city reminds all that the Lakewalk regularly is cleared of snow, making it a wonderful place for those activities.

The city has 55 kilometers of skiing on six cross-country trails. Those trails remain in good condition for cross-country skiers only if everyone does their part to follow trail etiquette, including skiing in the indicated direction, leaving pets at home, filling any holes and smoothing the track if you fall and using the trails only for cross-country skiing without pets.

Maps and brochures for each trail are available at the Duluth Parks and Recreation office at Duluth City Hall, 411 W. First St., or online at

Moo-ving to winter

Have a cow? Want to learn a little more about saving money while improving soil fertility? Then moo-ve yourself to Cromwell on Wednesday.

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota is hosting a Winter Cattle Feeding workshop at the Cromwell Pavilion, 5577 Cromwell Park Drive, at 1 p.m. Admission is free and registration is not required.

The day will include an overview of winter feeding, bale grazing and other innovative management techniques, as well as a caravan to tour Steve Risacher’s farm.
The workshop is held as part of the Sustainable Farming Association’s Keep Cattle in Minnesota project.

Going to the cats

The Internet’s love of cats has crossed over into the real world, and Eh? wonders why the Internet loves cats so much anyway, but that can wait for another time. For now, suffice it to say, crazy cat videos are coming to a theater near you.

On Tuesday, Zinema 2 and the Duluth Art Institute will be screening … wait for it … cat videos. That’s not all. In addition to some locally made cat videos, there also will be a screening of “Cat Video Film Festival” from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which has been billed as “insanely popular.” Check Friday’s Wave Extra for more details.

For horses, of course

A book fair at Barnes & Noble will benefit a therapeutic riding facility in Esko.
People can visit NCRide’s information table at the bookstore from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday to pick up a voucher to present to a sales associate at checkout.
Those who prefer to shop online can visit and enter ID No. 11196277 to show their support.
Jeffery Tucker also will be holding a discussion and signing his new book, “Warmed by Windchill” at 1 p.m.

Pesky critters beware

Are varmints picking at your cabbage patch? Are deer deforesting your yard? Are you finding it’s not so nice to play host to mice?

The Carlton County Extension Community Connect Program will present “Managing Wildlife in Your Yard and Farm.”

The program will feature Chris Balzer of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. His presentation will focus on deterring nuisance animals and attracting favorable wildlife.

Admission for the event is $5. It will be held at the Carlton County Transportation building, 1630 County Rd. 61, Carlton.

For more information, call the Carlton County Extension office at (218) 384-3511.

Not just for Web

Um, someone wants to see your cat videos. Seriously.

The Duluth Art Institute and Zinema 2 will host the Cat Video Festival at
7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the movie theater and organizers want to include local fare.

Videos must be shorter than 5 minutes and are due by Nov. 22. Submissions
go to with name, contact info and a YouTube link. Videos will be juried.

Padre and the beast

The students at Duluth’s St. John’s School surpassed their fundraising goal, and now, on Nov. 1, a pastor has to pucker up – to a llama.

It started on Oct. 4, when the children of St. John’s spent the day cleaning up their community as part of a service project and fundraiser. The children were challenged to raise $20,000, their reward was to have one of the pastors kiss a llama.

The students, motivated by this prize, managed to surpass their goal by more than $2,000. And now, the students are inviting the public to watch associate pastor Father Ben Hadrich smooch the South American pack animal on the baseball field at St. John’s at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Now I’m a believer — monkeys have names

The Lake Superior Zoo announced the names of the baby Angolan colobus monkeys born this summer at the zoo.

“Kaya” has been chosen for the female born July 16, and “Kermit” has been
chosen for the male born June 26.

Kaya is named for a city in central Africa, and Kermit took his namesake from the popular frog known to be covered in green felt, because he likes to hop around like — you guessed it — a frog.

The zoo asked for the community’s help in naming the monkeys. Guests who attended “Boo at the Zoo” were given the opportunity to cast their votes and give to colobus conservation efforts.