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**RESCHEDULED** Cloquet Forestry Center Wildlife Tracking Survey: Sun, Mar 25

posted Feb 6, 2018, 9:34 PM by Jonathan Poppele   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 10:59 AM by Minnesota Ki Society ]
The Cloquet Forestry Center is launching a wildlife tracking survey, in cooperation with the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project and the University of Minnesota Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Club. Short term goals for this project include assessing what animals are using the forest and providing a learning experience for Cloquet Forestry Center management staff and University students. Long term goals include monitoring trends in mammal diversity and abundance with possible links to forest management and climate change. To register, email Rachael Olesiak <>

Project Kick-Off has been Rescheduled for, Sunday, March 25

**UPDATE** Due to heavy snow expected the morning of February 25, we are rescheduling our kick-off survey for Sunday, March 25.

Our initial survey will be an all day affair. We plan to divide into teams and survey the snowpacked 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:

8:30    Gathering in the Library
9:30    First survey route
12:00   Lunch break
12:30   Second survey route
2:30    Meet back in Library to share the story of the day
3:30    Depart


Advanced registration is required. To ease our planning, please register no later than Thursday, February 22.

To register, email Rachael Olesiak <>

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 2,662 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 normally available at the Cloquet Forestry Center is filled up for the weekend. For those planning to head up Saturday, rather than early Sunday morning, 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

Cross Country Skiing Nearby

Extensive networks of cross country ski trails are available in Fond du Lac State Forest and Jay Cooke State Park, just 10-15 miles from the Cloquet Forestry Center. You can get more information, and perhaps some information about trail conditions, from the Skinny Ski website:

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