Browsing Tag

Sparky Stensaas

The Lowdown, Trip Planning

Wilderness Adventure Series: Sparky Stensaas and “Owls to Orchids”

January 10, 2012
Great Grey Owl in the Sax-Zim Bog

Great Gray Owl in the Sax-Zim Bog

Everyone in America knows the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, but few people are aware of the other great wilderness areas within a stone’s throw of Lake Superior. This winter’s Wilderness Adventure Series will highlight “Wilderness Adventure Areas within a Day’s Drive of Duluth. Through these free seminars the guest speakers and the experts at the Duluth Pack store will introduce you to wildlife, whitewater, and more.

Kicking off the Wilderness Adventure Series on January 17th will be Mark “Sparky” Stensaas with his presentation Owls to Orchids: Magic in the Sax-Zim Bog. Maybe you heard the mention of the Sax-Zim Bog in the recent Steve Martin/Owen Wilson movie, “The Big Year”  Well guess what, this amazing bog is right in our backyard, only 45 minutes from Duluth. Long known to birders and photographers from around the world and across the country as THE place to find some of our most secretive boreal birds including the mythic Great Gray Owl.

Through Sparky’s HD video and still images we’ll explore these Black Spruce and Tamarack Bogs…without getting our feet wet or frozen! Meet the bird that grows snowshoes, the devious orchid that outsmarts bumblebees, and the death-defying frog. And of course, the stars’ of the show will be some cooperative Great Gray Owls and Northern Hawk Owl families caught on HD video.

Sparky Stensaas is an author, naturalist, photographer, publisher, and writer (i.e. ‘no full-time real job’) based in Wrenshall, Minnesota (over by Jay Cooke State Park). He is a former “Duluth Packer” and the inspiration behind the Sparky Bag. Sparky’s latest venture is Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, a non-profit aimed at educating the public about the natural history of bogs and dedicated to creating a Sax-Zim Birder/Photographer Welcome Center. When not chasing after his two young sons, he may be out taking photos, blogging at or watching All My Children (not in that order!).

Please come to the Duluth Pack store at 365 Canal Park Drive on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 PM to enjoy this wonderful story of a wilderness area right in our own backyard. Also add to your calendars Sam Cook’s whitewater adventures on January 24th, and “Hiking the Sioux Hustler Trail” with Martin Kubik on January 31st.

See you then!