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Northland students in canoes

Read. Write. Paddle.

Pens and Paddles is a unique, experiential English course that combines literary study with wilderness fieldwork. In the classroom, students read wilderness literature that includes Sigurd F. Olson. Then in May, they travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for two weeks on the trail, where they read, write,…

Students hiking on York.

Recommitting to Our National Parks

…Six of these areas are in Minnesota: Grand Portage National Monument, Mississippi National Recreation and Resource Area, North Country Trail, St. Croix National Scenic River, Pipestone National Historic Site and Voyageurs National Park. Just over the Wisconsin border is a seventh — the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. For entire article….

Stockton Island

DNT: Wild discovery: American marten found again in the Apostle Islands

…in 2014 when a visitor took a photo of it running between his legs. This past spring, when researchers began checking thousands of images from the 30 trail cameras they had placed on Stockton Island last winter, they were surprised to see a few images of American marten, a small…

Deer exclosure-Bayfield County

Wisconsin’s Disappearing Forest

Prof Sarah Johnson researches the botanical realities of deer browse

…thirty-acre, fenced “exclosure,” built to keep deer out. County foresters want to see the difference between deer and no deer on a new forest. Johnson is interested in scouting the exclosure as a teaching tool for her students in the fall. Exclosures permit the scientific community to study the impacts…

Lake Superior near Madeline Island

Researchers Monitoring Wildlife On Madeline Island


Researchers in northern Wisconsin have placed 25 trail cameras on Madeline Island to gather a better picture of the diversity of wildlife on Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. “We kept looking to Madeline Island with this big question mark,” said Erik Olson, leader of the Wild Madeline research project and natural…

wolf art

Wolf Conservation in America’s National Parks

…relatively whole native communities of wildlife and plants, and often facilities, funding, staff, and an interested public to support research. The Trail towards Restoration It took seventy years for the National Park Service—in step with changing public opinion—to evolve its thinking and muster the political will to bring wolves back…

Northland Bird Netting

ADP: NC conservation project selected to receive grant

…Professor Erik Olson said that they received a $1,000 grant to support an effort to assess the wildlife diversity of Madeline Island. “What we’re going to be doing is implementing a camera trap survey,” Olson said describing how they would be installing trail cameras at certain locations within the Madeline…

SOEI Youth Programs

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria Know your skills as a participant. Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute outings and trips are open to all Northland College students, staff, and faculty who are able to meet the essential eligibility requirements listed below. Accommodations may be made as long as it does not compromise the health…

Big Year for Outdoor Recreation

…combat stress and promote positive well-being. As a professor of outdoor education, I’m encouraged to see people reconnecting with the natural world. We’re lucky in the Chequamegon Bay area that we have large expanses of National Forest and other public lands, trails for hiking and biking, and city parks and…

Jen Franke in a Costa Rican national park.

Tracking Peccaries, Primates

Northland College-Costa Rican Wildlife Project

…example of that.” Like Olson, Matzinger, and Beal before her, Franke checked trail cameras, organized and entered camera trap data. She also focused on primate population densities. Parker and Olson conducted the first primate survey; Beal the second. “Primates are very rarely captured on trail cameras since they are usually…