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Minnesota Iron Range Retriever Club informal retriever field trials, 9 a.m. today, 5029 Highway 7, south of Mountain Iron and Virginia. Entry fees: $10-$15, free for spectators. Practice night offered 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (218) 741-8645 or go to

Duluth Audubon Society spring warbler walks with Larry and Jan Kraemer, 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday through May. On Tuesdays, meet at the small paved Western Waterfront Trail parking lot across from the zoo, next to the Tappa Keg – not the large lot behind the Munger Inn. On Thursdays, meet at the Park Point Recreation Center parking lot near the soccer field. Free.

Minnesota Iron Range Retriever Club training nights, 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, clubhouse, 5029 Minnesota Highway 7, south of Mountain Iron and Virginia. Orientation and registration at 6:30 p.m. May 6. Fourteen sessions are planned. Cost: $50. Call Mark at (218) 780-3782, Karen at (218) 780-2674 or Mike at (218) 780-3993.

Superior Trap & Gun Club summer league shooting, 4 p.m. to dark Wednesdays through Aug. 27, 5642 Wisconsin Highway 35, Superior. A six week doubles league will start July 2.

Women’s bike event, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Ski Hut, 1032 E. Fourth St. Lindsey Sherman of Trek bicycles offers bike and gear tips for women and demonstrates how to change a flat tire. Jess Rossing from Evolve Duluth discusses stretching and yoga for bicyclists. Wine and beer available. Free.

Thursday Night Fly Tying Get Together, 7 p.m. Thursday, Great Lakes Fly Shop, 4426 Regent St. Free. Call (218) 740-3040.

Duluth Audubon Society May program, 7 p.m. Thursday, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W. College St. Topic: “Moving Beyond Lead Fishing Tackle: Challenges and Opportunities,” presented by Paul J. Radomski, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ccientist and co-author of “Lakeshore Living.” Free.

“Snake in the Grass – Natural History and Research on Eastern Garter Snakes,” 7 p.m. Thursday, classroom CL104, Vermilion Community College in Ely. Presenter: Tim Lovell. Free. Call (218) 235-8078.

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, 7328 Boulder Dam Road, offers these events. Call (218) 721-3731, email or go to

* Boulder Birding Big Day, Saturday

* Minnesota Phenology: Monitoring Seasonal Changes webinar, May 28

* St. Louis River Watershed Educator Workshop – session I, June 10-11

* What’s New in Green Building Standards? webinar, June 17

* St. Louis River Watershed Educator Workshop – session II, June 18-19

* Talking with Landowners about Intergenerational Land Transfer webinar, July 15

* Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, July 28-Aug. 1

* Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training, Aug. 18-22

* Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5K Run, Sept. 6

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area offers these events. Go to or call (715) 463-2739.

* Spring birding tours, 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Cost: $5. Call to register.

* Spring ephemeral wildflower walk, 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Free.

* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. May 11. Topic: Trees and shrubs

* Wildlife experience weekend, 5-8 p.m. May 17, 4-7 a.m. May 18 and 7-10 a.m. May 18

* Songbird banding, 7 a.m. to noon May 31. Free. Registration required.

* Explore bowhunting workshop, ages 11-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7. Registration required by May 23. Free.

* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. June 8. Topic: Wildflower ID

* Mug and mammal morning hikes, 8:30-10 a.m. June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9. Free.

* Wildlife ethics, for high school students, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19 and June 26. Cost: $5 per day or $8 for both sessions.

* Wild edibles, 6-8 p.m. June 25. Cost: $5. Registration required.

* WILD women workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19. Cost: $10. Registration required.

* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. July 20. Topic: Ferns and club moss

* Paddle phantom, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 2. Rent a kayak for $20 or bring your own. Registration required.

* Outdoor skills camp, for ages 10-15, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4-7. Free. Registration required.

* Botany talks and walks, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 17. Topic: Grass ID

* Crex for Kids Camp, for ages 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25-28. Free. Registration required.

Shotgun shooting lessons for beginners, ages 12 through high school, 2 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. May 15, Superior Trap and Gun Club, 5642 Wisconsin Highway 35, Superior. Loaner guns available. Lesson fee: $10 includes shells for 12 or 20 gauge. Safety glasses and hearing protection required. Call Rick at (715) 399-8528 to register.

Duluth Retriever Club “Train the trainer” classes begin 6 p.m. May 13 at the clubhouse, 5476 Lester River Road. Cost: $50 for a DRC membership, $50 for 10-class session and $20 for a training DVD. Email to register. Go to for more details.

Izaak Walton League meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Avenue. Becky Rom of Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters speaks on “Copper Mining and the BWCAW.” Free.

Volunteers needed to assist at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway with youth and family programs, river clean-ups and other events. Attend the volunteer information event from 6-8 p.m. May 15, Namekagon River Visitor Center. Call (715) 635-8346 or Go to

Superior Hiking Trail guided spring hike, 10 a.m. May 17, Lutsen Mountain Recreation Area to Caribou Trail. Meet at the Caribou Trail parking lot. At Highway 61 milepost 92 turn left on Caribou Trail (Cook County Road 4) and go 4.1 miles to County Road 94 (watch for SHT sign). Turn right and take immediate left to trailhead parking lot. Call (218) 834-2700 or email

Twin Ports Walleye Association 2014 tournament schedule. Call (218) 391-6874 or go to for registration forms and fees.

* Berg Construction Walleye Cup, May 17-18 on the St. Louis River

* June Shoot Out, June 14 on the St. Louis River

* Summer Slam, Aug. 23 on Island Lake

River Talks, science talks about the estuary, 7 p.m. May 27, Clyde Iron Works Restaurant, 2920 W. Michigan St. Go to

Voyageurs National Park’s boat tours begin June 15 and depart from the Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake visitor centers. You can reserve your dates now. Call (877) 444-6777 or go to

Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, Aug. 16-17, in Duluth. Features Enduro race, guided trail rides and hikes, downshill race, voyageurs revenge race and party at Chester Bowl. Go to for details.

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