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Cloquet Wildlife Survey: Sat, Aug 17

posted Jul 26, 2019, 12:07 PM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Aug 12, 2019, 9:50 AM ]
The Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project is happy to partner with the Cloquet Forestry Center for our summer second wildlife tracking survey. This summer's survey will take place during the Forestry Center's summer field season, when many undergraduates from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources will be living on site. We look forward to getting out in the field with the students, especially members of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Club. The survey is open to everyone, and registration is required. To register, use our contact form, or email Rachael Olesiak <> or Jonathan Poppele <>

Schedule for Saturday, August 17

Our summer survey will run a bit over half the day. We plan to divide into teams and survey the sand-roads for track and sign, then come back in to share our discoveries with one another. Our plan is to have each team led by an experienced wildlife tracker, certified in Track & Sign identification. Here is an approximate schedule for the day:

9:30    Gathering on campus
9:45    Shuttle to survey routes
2:00    Gather for lunch in the field & to share our stories
3:00    Depart


Advanced registration is required. To ease our planning, please register by Thursday, August 16.
To register, use our contact form, or email Rachael Olesiak <> or Jonathan Poppele <>

Want to Carpool?

We have a new tool to help coordinate carpooling. If you would like to share the trip to Cedar Creek, you can use our Group Carpool webpage to offer or request a ride.


We use iNaturalist as a tool for recording and sharing our observations. It is one of the ways we document what we find and report our results to researchers at the Cloquet Forestry Center. You can view sightings from our past surveys here on iNaturalist. Not everyone needs to record observations in iNaturalist, but there should be enough people in each group logging observations that all of the groups findings get reported. To add observations to our project, you will need an iNaturalist account, and be a member of the Cloquet Forestry Center Wildlife Tracking iNaturalist project. If you don't have an iNaturalist account, begin by signing up using this link.

Once you have signed up, you can join the Cloquet Forestry Center Wildlife Tracking project and add observations. You may also be interested in joining the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project and the North American Animal Tracking Database and adding your tracking observations to these as well.

About Cloquet Forestry Center

The Cloquet Forestry Center, located 135 miles north of the Twin Cities, has been the primary research and education forest for the University of Minnesota for over a century. Located in the Lake Superior watershed in northeastern Minnesota, this 3,400 acre experimental forest is home to researchers, practitioners, students, and members of the public who are interested in forest ecosystems and their sustainable management. The Center sits inside the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation and partners with the tribe on forest management and educational programming. It's northern Minnesota biome is home to a diversity of wildlife including moose, wolves, bears, lynx, bobcats, porcupines, pine martins, hares, goshawks, deer, and ruffed grouse.

Get more information about the Center here.

Overnight Accommodations
The overnight lodging that is sometimes available at the Cloquet Forestry Center is filled up for the weekend. If you would like to head up on Friday, or stay in the area until Sunday, there are some nearby hotels that offer reasonable rates. These are two of the closest and least expensive options:

121 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720

1308 MN-33, Cloquet, MN 55720

Address, Map & Directions
Cloquet Forestry Center
175 University Road, Cloquet, MN 55720

For a map & directions to Cloquet Forestry Center, click here

Cloquet Forestry Center