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2017 Winter/Spring Programs

Tuesday, January 17

Hen Antler Basket (Adult Naturalist Program)

This dramatic basket/sculpture shows off an antler nicely, while still being useful. Join expert instructor Della Pleski to weave this 14” by 7-9” rib-style basket. Predrilled antlers are provided. You will weave in the tapestry style, using a variety of materials for color and texture, and finish off with a bit of decorative jazz. If you have beads, feathers or a special token you want to include in the basket, bring it along. This basket is a challenge, but you will truly end up with a unique creation! In case of bad weather, the class will be held on January 19. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Cable Natural History Museum. Space is limited. Register online and get your supply list by January 10. For more info call 715-798-3890.   All registrations are FINAL after this date. $77 member/$82 non-member.

 

Thursday, January 19

Dinner Lecture: I Heart Wisconsin River Trip (Adult Naturalist Program)

The I Heart Wisconsin trip was an 18-day paddle from the source of the Wisconsin River to the confluence with the Mississippi in October 2015. As a positive response to the state’s budget cuts to natural resources, Ruth Oppedahl (Executive Director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin) decided to use her vacation exploring our state from north to south and meeting with conservation groups and citizens along the way to learn how they help protect our lands, waters and wildlife. She discovered a beautiful, wild river and wonderful people along the way. Join us at 5:30 p.m. at the Rookery Pub. You may join us for dinner and conversation after the presentation. Register online by January 18. Call the Cable Natural History Museum at 715-798-3890 for more info.   $5 member/$10 non-member.

 

Winter Animal Tracking (Adult Naturalist Program)

Wednesday, January 25

Part 1: Hands-On Presentation

Learn the basic skills of animal tracking with tracking expert, Sarah Boles. Meet at the Museum from 12:00– 4:00 p.m. for a slide show presentation and interactive lecture and discussion. Registration info below.

 

Thursday, January 26

Part 2: Field Trip

Meet at the Museum from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for the Winter Animal Tracking field experience. Participants will carpool to areas within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in search of animal tracks such as: wolf, coyote, fox, fisher, bobcat, elk, and deer. Depending on the snow depth and location of tracks, tracking may be done on snowshoes over uneven terrain. A limited number of adult snowshoes are available for use from the Museum with advanced notice. Participants must provide their own bag lunch. Dress accordingly for the weather. The field session is dependent on weather conditions and may need to be rescheduled. Space is limited. Registration is required by January 20 by calling 715-798-3890. $15 member/$20 non-member covers both sessions.

 

Thursday, February 2

Snowshoe Hike to a Heron Rookery (Adult Naturalist Program)

Join Cable Natural History Museum Naturalist Emily Stone for a moderately strenuous adventure behind the Rookery Pub. We’ll look for tracks and signs, talk about the local natural communities, and view a great blue heron rookery. Dress for the weather. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Rookery, then end in the restaurant for a warm drink. Register by February 1 by calling 715-798-3890. Snowshoes are available to borrow by calling ahead. $10 member/$15 non-member, includes your first drink. Receive 15% off your dinner if you stay and eat!

 

Tuesday, February 7

Backcountry Film Festival at the Sawmill Saloon

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film. Join us from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley, WI, to enjoy great films, win great raffle prizes, and support the Cable Natural History Museum’s educational programs. (Caution: some films may contain casual profanity and intense situations.) Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 with valid student ID).

 

Wednesday, February 8

Sax-Zim Bog Birdwatching Trip

Join Museum Naturalist Haley Appleman for a long, fun day of winter birding at the Sax-Zim Bog, which is an hour northwest of Duluth. Target birds will be Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Black-billed Magpie, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, Hoary Redpoll, Pine and Evening Grosbeak, and maybe a Boreal Owl. The pursuit of winter wildlife at its best! Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum, return by 9:00 p.m. Bring your lunch and snacks. We’ll go out for dinner in Duluth. Binoculars are available to borrow—just let us know! Call the Cable Natural History Museum 715-798-3890 to register by February 4. $20 member/$25 non-member.*

 

Wednesday, February 8

Backcountry Film Festival at Northland College

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film. Join us from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in Ashland, WI, to enjoy great films, and win great raffle prizes. (Caution: some films may contain casual profanity and intense situations.) Students are free. $10 suggested donation for the general public.

 

Thursday, February 9

Backcountry Film Festival at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film. Join us from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center auditorium in Ashland, WI, to enjoy great films, win great raffle prizes, and support the Cable Natural History Museum’s educational programs. (Caution: some films may contain casual profanity and intense situations.)

Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 with valid student ID).

 

Thursday, February 16

Dinner Lecture: Edible Insects

Insects are the new protein! Yulia Welk will talk about insect eating in cultures around the world, how the practice is growing, and ways to do it without the yuck factor. Samples provided! Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Rookery Pub. You may also join us for dinner and conversation after the presentation. Register by February 15by calling the Cable Natural History Museum at 715-798-3890.   $10 member/$15 non-member (this includes a $5 fee to cover the insect samples!).

 

Tuesday, February 28

The Copper Pot Basket (Adult Naturalist Program)

This basket is made using a continuous weave technique. It has a copper painted wood base. You will use real copper strips as an overlay in the middle and at the rim as accents. The handle has a copper finish with a wood grip. Join instructor Jean Carryl at the Cable Natural History Museum from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Space is limited. Register and get your supply list by February 14 by calling 715-798-3890.   All registrations are FINAL after this date. $43 member/$48 non-member.

 

Friday, March 3

The Copper Pot Basket

This basket is made using a continuous weave technique. It has a copper painted wood base. You will use real copper strips as an overlay in the middle and at the rim as accents. The handle has a copper finish with a wood grip. Join instructor Jean Carryl at the Cable Natural History Museum from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Space is limited. Register and get your supply list by February 14 by calling 715-798-3890.   All registrations are FINAL after this date. $43 member/$48 non-member.

 

Thursday, March 23

Dinner Lecture: Limitations to the Success of Martens in NW Wisconsin (Adult Naturalist Program)

Martens have been reintroduced to Wisconsin 4 times in 50 years. In 2013 and 2014, Phil Manlick, PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin, researched martens near Clam Lake. Now, with the help of that data, he will discuss the limitations to reintroduction success in Wisconsin and the future of martens in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Join us at 5:30 p.m. at the Rookery Pub. You may also join us for dinner and conversation after the presentation. Register by March 22 by calling 715-798-3890.  $5 member/$10 non-member.

 

Wednesday, May 10, and Thursday May 11

Pastels: Luminous Landscapes with Diana Randolph

Explore your favorite landscapes during any season using your own photos with strong contrasts of lights and darks for reference. This class is for all levels, though basic drawing experience is helpful. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Museum. Participants may bring a sack lunch, or lunch may be ordered from the Brick House Café. There is a supply list for this class. You may sign up for one or both days. To register please call WITC at 715-682-4591, ext. 3170.

 

Thursday, May 18

Birding in the National Forest

Hike trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in search of birds. See blackburnian warblers and scarlet tanagers. Walk through a northern hardwood forest, and skirt the edge of a bog and wetland. Meet at the Cable Natural History Museum at 7:15 a.m. and return by 11:00 a.m. Space is limited. Registration is required by May 17 by calling 715-798-3890.   Cost is $5 member/$10 non-member. No charge if you are a registered Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival participant.

 

 

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