Wildlife

  • Caught on camera. Photo by Tracy Cannata

  • We salute you. Photo by Floyd Luomanen.

  • I see you. Photo by John Sikkila.

  • Owl stare down. Photo by Pete Pastika.

  • Many owl sightings in the area. Photo by Matt Herberg.

  • All dressed up and place to snow. Photo by Pete Pastika.

  • A bounty of blue. Photo by Tracy Cannata.

  • Christmas greetings from Sax-Zim Bog. Photo by John J Sikkila.

  • Chickadee praying that it warms up soon. Photo by Carol A. Bowman.

  • Fluffy deer resembles a teddy bear. Photo by Tracy Cannata.

  • Burst of color. Photo by J. Diana Martinson Middleton.

  • Great grey laying low. Photo by Paul Sajevic.

  • This great gray owl photo was taken in the Sax-Zim Bog. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website, the great gray owl is the largest owl in North America. “Minnesota is at the southern edge of the range of this huge, secretive north woods owl,” the DNR website says. Submitted by Gail Waldron, Virginia, MN.

  • Icy lift off. Photo by Tracy Cannata.

  • “I captured this black-capped chickadee at a friend’s house in rural Eveleth,” said Patty Maki of Gilbert. The black-capped chickadee is almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, says allaboutbirds.org. They can be found in any habitat that has trees or woody shrubs.

  • Don’t mess with me! Photo by Floyd Luomanen.

  • Rare perfect pose. Photo by Jackie Hartleben.

  • Crazy crossing. Photo by Tracy Cannata.

  • A bear cub hangs out in a tree.

  • A bee on a red sunflower.

  • Elusive pine marten. Photo by John J Sikkila.

  • Blending in. Photo by Floyd Luomanen.

  • Porcupine hang out. Photo by Jim Schnortz.

  • : “My first owl capture!” said Heather Mahoney of Embarrass, MN. “While looking out my dining room window, I noticed this fella looking right back at me. We have seen it for a few days now and have been able to get some great photos.” The barred owl is a medium-sized, grayish-brown bird of prey that has a dark ring around its face and dark eyes (MnDNR).

  • What is on my face? Photo by Patty Maki.

  • Two rescued Canada lynx test radio collars during NRRI's lynx study in 2006. Photo courtesy of NRRI.

  • Swans return to Silver Lake. Photo by Don Monroe.

  • Coyote stare down. Photo by Matt Herberg.

  • WEEK 10: “First time photographing owls,” said Lisa Pluth. “It was a treat to visit Sax-Zim bog.” Friends of the Sax-Zim Bog have protected 423 acres of bog for birds and birders. To learn more, visit saxzim.org. Photo by Lisa Pluth, Chisholm, MN.

  • WEEK 12: “The eagles are nesting on Ely Lake again,” said photographer Larry Aho of Ely Lake, Fayal Township, MN. Bald eagles select nest sites near lakes and rivers in forested areas where tall, large diameter trees are available for nesting. In Minnesota, red pines, white pines and aspen are most often selected for nesting (www.dnr.state.mn.us).

  • Caught on camera. Photo by Tracy Cannata.

  • Spread your wings! Photo by Larry Aho.

  • Laying low at the International Wolf Center, Ely. Photo by Jim Schnortz Photography.

  • WEEK 11: This photo was taken near Lake Vermilion. The bird is called a northern shrike and its nickname is The Butcher Bird. “This bird is not seen very often and when it does come around all other birds will leave the area,” said photographer Greg Lenci of Virginia, MN. “The Butcher Bird will attack and kill other birds; he’s not a friendly fellow.”

  • Strutting their stuff. Photo by John J Sikkila.

  • A boreal chickadee, one of the rarer birds to find in the Sax-Zim Bog. Photo by Vickie Tuskan, Fayal Township, Eveleth, MN.

  • Perched for spring. Photo by Ken Hupila, Snotty Moose Studio.

  • Navigating the spring thaw. Photo Tracy Cannata.

  • WEEK 13: Four keys to identifying chickadees are: size and shape, color pattern, behavior, and habitat. Chickadees are tiny birds with a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive spherical body shape. It’s tail is fairly long and narrow. (Source: allaboutbirds.org.) This photo was taken in Cook. Photo by Teresa Orrell, Cook, MN.

  • WEEK 14: The common loon became Minnesota’s official state bird in 1961. Their cries, wails and yodels can be heard across Minnesota lakes throughout the summer months. Loons have solid bones which allow them to dive up to 250 feet and they can fly up to 70 mph (source: www.dnr.state.mn.us). Photo by Carol Bowman, Aurora, MN.

  • On a mission. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

  • Immature eagle spreading wings. Photo by Vickie Tuskan.

  • Cool spring morning. Photo by John J Sikkila.

  • Eagles in trees. Photo by Jackie Hartleben .

  • WEEK 15: Redpolls are tiny, restless birds, feeding actively on seeds among trees and weeds, fluttering and climbing about acrobatically, their flocks seemingly always on the move. For their small size, they have a remarkable ability to survive cold temperatures. At bird feeders in winter, they can act very tame. (Source: www.audubon.org.) Photo by David Mattila, Virginia, MN.

  • Drake on Silver Lake. Photo by Floyd Luomanen.

  • The fly over. Photo by Vickie Tuskan.

  • Head above water. Photo by Carol Bowman.

  • Photo finish. Photo by Patty Maki.

  • Looks like a painting. Photo by Adrian Koski.

  • Are we having fun yet? Photo by Tracy Cannata.

  • WEEK 16: “We had been watching this robin's nest located on top of a wreath hanging on our front porch,” said photographer Janet Eichholz of Britt, MN. Look for American robins running across lawns or stalking earthworms in backyards or nearby parks. Since robins sing frequently, listen for their clear, lilting musical whistles. Source: www.allaboutbirds.org.

  • Alvar Hupila’s Pretty Bird, a ruffed grouse. Photo by Ken Hupila.

  • Lure of the loon. Photo by Jim Schnortz Photography.

  • Chipping sparrow. Photo by Joan Kantola Edblom.

  • WEEK 18: Common ravens are so bold, playful and clever that they’re almost always doing something worth watching, according to www.allaboutbirds.org. They’re less gregarious than crows and are often seen alone or in pairs that stay together year-round. “I have read this is twinning when they touch beaks with each other. It is an act that shows that they are in a relationship,” said photographer Charlene Luoma of Britt, MN.

  • WEEK 17: The pileated woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It is nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for pileated woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species. (Source: www.allaboutbirds.org). Photo by Joan Potter, Gilbert, MN.

  • Up close. Photo by Melanie Maturi.

  • Tucked in. Photo by Jim Schnortz.

  • WEEK 19: The snowy owl is large, powerful owl of the high Arctic tundra, colored for camouflage during northern winters. In summer it may be nomadic, concentrating and nesting where there are high populations of the small rodents called lemmings. During some winters, large numbers of snowy owls appear south of the Canadian border. (Source: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/snowy-owl.) This snowy owl photo was taken in the Cherry area. Photo by Joyce Nigro, Iron, MN.

  • This mouse was quite co-operative for a close-up photo while enjoying a Cuties orange. Photo by Hauns Froehlingsdorf; submitted by Susan Froehlingsdorf.

  • A cecropia moth, the largest moth in North America and a Northwoods resident. Submitted photo.

  • The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr is open daily (except Mondays) from 5 – 8 p.m.

  • Black bears can be viewed from an elevated viewing deck at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr. Submitted photos.

  • WEEK 20: Adult Bald eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow. Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts. Young birds attain adult plumage in about five years. (Source: https://www.allaboutbirds.org.) Photo by Sandy Koehler, Mt. Iron, MN.

  • Suckers on St. Louis River. Photo by John J Sikkila.

  • Coming at you. Photo by Floyd Luomanen

  • Turtle crossing. Photo by Jim Schnortz

  • Close encounter. Photo by Matt Herberg Photography

  • 3 Herd of turtles. Photo by John J Sikkila

  • This is a newborn fawn that was hanging around Wayne Nevalainen’s yard Saturday morning in Balkan Township north of Chisholm. The fawn is quite well hidden in the foliage, but you can see that it still has the spots that are sported by these precious young creatures for the first few months of their lives. Photo by Wayne Nevalainen.