Winter Ecology & Mammal Tracking

Course Title:  Life on the Edge: Winter Ecology and Mammal Tracking

Dates:  2/17 & 2/20

Time:  2/17: 10-11:30am, & 2/20: 10am-12:30pm

Fee: $10 for zoom session and hike or $10 for zoom sessions only for Winter Ecology and Bog Ecology. Please indicate soon if you wish to register for the hike, as space is limited to 10.

Location:  Meet at the Discovery Center parking lot, and we will caravan to the trailhead

Objectives:  Winter in the Northwoods is a time of quiet and tranquility for us humans, but its harsh conditions present immeasurable challenges to our plants and animals.  We will explore everything winter, from the physics of snow and ice, to the fascinating survival strategies of our wildlife and plant communities.  Join us for a PowerPoint presentation discussing the basics of winter ecology and a fieldtrip in search of winter-active mammals.    

Course structure:  The course will be given in _2__ sessions, each _90-150__ minutes long, covering the following topics:

·   Intro to winter ecology & snow/ice dynamics

·   Survival strategies of plants and animals

·   Life under the ice

·   Mammal tracks identification

Requirements: An interest in the Northwoods environment and ability to walk ~1.5 miles on flat terrain for a 2.5-hour fieldtrip.  The instructor will provide a list of resources for further reading and more details for participants who desire more information. 


Annie McDonnell is the Naturalist, Citizen Science & Volunteer Coordinator at North Lakeland Discovery Center since 2016.  She earned degrees in Biology and Wildlife Ecology and has spent 5 years researching grassland songbirds, waterfowl, and owls throughout Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.