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This week: birding, chili and trout fishing

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Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

It’s harvest time and that means a lot of action in area farmers’ markets (Downtown,  UMD, East Hillside, Lincoln ParkWest Duluth, and Two Harbors) and this week the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help pick fresh produce.

On Tuesday there is a trifecta of business presentations with David Jaffe, CEO of the company that controls Maurices, speaking at Weber, Brian Hanson, CEO of APEX, at Clyde Iron, and Danielle Thralow, creator of binoculars.com, peepers.com and telescope.com, at WITC.

They say it’s going to get chilly this week by Wednesday, and we’re going to get chili on Thursday with the United Way Chili Cook-Off at the DECC. Yeah, I went for the obvious pun. Sue me.

Starting this Friday Clinton Nienhaus will be leading early morning birding strolls starting at Duluth Sky Harbor. These weekly walks will go through the end of October.

Venus DeMars (after a prolonged struggle with the Minnesota Department of Revenue over whether or not she’s an artist) performs as court-sanctioned, bona fide artist at Sacred Heart on Saturday.

The Red Herring Lounge celebrates the life and works of Richard Brautigan on Sunday with Trout Fishing in Duluth.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

Chocolate Lab mix found in Lakewood

An old, somewhat overweight Chocolate Lab mix adopted us on Thursday, Sept. 3, during the thunderstorms. We call him Grizzly because his fur has a grizzly bear look to it. He has a shock collar on him. It’s red. His other collar is light blue. He has no tags. I’ve checked Animal Allies and the pound for any report of a lost dog matching this description. No luck. If you recognize this description please e-mail me at madewithaview @ gmail.com.

Grounded Eagle on Rice Lake Road

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM6As2AXrXc

This afternoon I was driving back from the dump when I saw a car with its flashers on on Rice Lake Road. I slowed to … basically to rubberneck, but, you know, to see if everything was OK. They were looking at this bald eagle that was staggering along the narrow green space between the highway and the wetland that it passes through.

Lost Benchmaker Knife on Superior Hiking Trail

I lost a blue Benchmade pocket knife just off of the parking lot on the Superior Hiking Trail at Penn Boulevard in Silver Bay on Aug. 29. I believe it was on the four-wheeler trail just before hooking up to the hiking trail. Will pay reward and shipping to get it back.

Ten things a perfect city needs

A hipster economy and celebrities misbehaving in public are also essential for the ideal city.Except for ethnic diversity, I think Duluth makes the cut:

The Guardian: The 10 things a perfect city needs

Monty Python and Curls of Locks

The last two days have been fun.

Residential Services hiring recruiting coordinator

Residential Services, a nonprofit that provides services to empower adults and children with disabilities in living as independently as possible, is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated person to serve as recruiting coordinator at its Duluth office. The position involves interacting closely with prospective candidates and management.

Tracing the Week Backward


So I’m in Starbucks on Woodland, and I want to talk about so much in the last week, but chronological order would be the least taxing on my brain, so that will be the choice.

MRC needs a program coordinator

The Armory Arts & Music Center is seeking to contract a coordinator for its Music Resource Center program. The coordinator will manage MRC-related efforts including fund raising, student recruitment, guest musicians, public relations and day-to-day operations. The position is currently budgeted at about 8 hours per week.

If you are interested contact Tom Hollenhorst at tom @ dulutharmory.org. Deadline for resumes is Friday Aug. 8. Please share with anyone who might be interested. This is a great gig for the right person!

Nestling Robins

A few days ago, Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center got two nestling robins who were rescued from the jaws of a cat. This cat is normally an indoor cat, but his owners were packing up to move. In the flurry of packing activity, he escaped outside and in short order, had two baby birds in his jaws.

Most animals we get who have been in the mouth of a cat die within 48 hours, despite supportive care and antibiotics. If they make it past the 48 hours, we are usually home free. These two made it.

Then, the next question — would their parents still be around the nest and take them back? They were the only two nestlings that had been in the nest, so the parents didn’t have anyone left to feed and might have abandoned the nest.

We put them back in the nest this morning, and then Ian watched for several hours. Finally the mom came, and then she brought them a fat, juicy worm! It was victory snatched from the jaws of defeat, and we are thrilled — we don’t get many of those.

Coyotes on the Plane; Releases in the Wild


Wildwoods Critters

Become a sexual assault volunteer with PAVSA

The Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault’s fall training dates are set and the organization is looking for people of all ages and from all walks of life to become sexual assault advocates. Advocates work on the crisis line and advocate for sexual assault survivors at area hospitals during their forensic exams. Dates for the 40-hour training and volunteer applications can be obtained at pavsa.org. Call Christy with questions at 218-726-1442.

Open Position at the Cable Natural History Museum: Exhibit Design Assistant

Cable Natural History Museum
Position: Exhibit Design Assistant
Timing: 25-40 hours per week, Jan. 6, through May 8, 2015, plus one-per-month meetings in September-December 2014.
Compensation: $4,000 stipend, plus free housing (including utilities) at the museum’s staff house
Reports to: Naturalist/Educator
Application Deadline: Position is open until filled.

Coyote Pups

Look who came to Wildwoods last week … a little “song dog” pup (aka coyote)! He was found by himself when he was about 3-4 weeks old, and has been raised by humans since.

Open Position at Hartley Nature Center: Full-time Education Director

Hartley Nature Center
Position: Education Director
Status: Full-time, exempt
Compensation: $34,000 to $37,000
Reports to: Executive director