Skip to main content

Bird watchers having a hoot along North Shore


Roughly 150 bird enthusiasts from more than two-dozen states are visiting northeast Minnesota this weekend hoping to see elusive owls along the North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Dave Hendrickson, a founder of the Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival, told MPR droves of the 10-inch-tall boreal owls fly to Minnesota from Canada about every four years when the rodents they eat drop in numbers.

"There's a lot of activity of owls along the North Shore right now, and a lot of birders are probably causing traffic jams on Scenic 61," said Hendrickson. "You know where the owls are by looking at the crowds of people."

The Duluth News Tribune notes the festival quickly filled to its maximum capacity after a story in the New York Times. Hendrickson told the newspaper he had to turn away at least 20 people.

You can learn more about boreal owls at The Owl Pages or at the Minnesota DNR’s web page.

Next Up

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook has dislocated shoulder, will undergo MRI

The Vikings running back was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Kirk Cousins

Watch: Kirk Cousins lines up under guard on critical 4th down play

Kirk Cousins went "Full Kirk" at the worst possible time.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook injured, Vikings drop crucial game against 49ers

The Vikings couldn't stop the Niners' rushing attack in a 34-26 loss.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man airlifted to a hospital after police shooting in Forest Lake

Police allege that the man presented a threat to officers.

Minnesota Wild

Wild's two third-period goals take down the Lightning

Ryan Hartman's go-ahead goal defeated the two-time defending champions.

Byron Buxton

Reports: Twins reach extension with Byron Buxton

The long-term deal locks in one of the Twins' franchise players.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.


Blu Ice Bar along north shore of Minnesota

The shorelines of Lake Superior is home to a large outdoor ice bar known as "Blu." It's located about 10 miles north of Two Harbors. WCCO reports this ice bar features 60,000 pounds of ice transformed into chandeliers, benches, shot glasses, and sculptures, including a 16-foot replica of the Split Rock Lighthouse. Blu is open Fridays and Saturdays.

Still no sign of missing Lakeville pilot, plane along North Shore

The Civil Air Patrol and more than 60 volunteers continue to actively search for a pilot who has been missing for 10-days. Mike Bratlie, 67, left South St. Paul on June 8 bound for northeastern Minnesota. The Duluth News Tribune reports the search effort has been a challenge because of heavily wooded terrain.

Search resumes for missing Lakeville pilot, plane along North Shore

The Civil Air Patrol says a twin-engine Piper PA-31, with one person on board, vanished Friday flying from South St. Paul to the Duluth airport. The News Tribune reports eight Civil Air Patrol airplanes and six ground teams are involved in the search for 67-year-old Michael Bratlie.