February 11: “Hidden Gems of the North Shore,” featuring photographer and naturalist Phil Hartley
Minnesota Master Naturalist Phil Hartley will use photos to show us 20 or so locations along the North Shore that are not actually hidden, but better known and used by locals than tourists. These locations, running from Duluth to Silver Bay, are great spots for nature lovers and bird watchers and are generally just enough off the beaten path that “social distancing” is rarely an issue. Phil’s presentation will use photos to highlight how you know you are there and then some of the most interesting features and birding opportunities of each location.
Download the PDF handout to follow the presentation site by site, including information on why the location is included, where it is, and when is the best time to visit.
Phil Hartley moved from the Twin Cities to the Two Harbors area about 20 years ago. The advent of digital cameras gave him an opportunity to combine photography with a love of the natural beauty of the North Shore. Landscape, nature, and wildlife photography gradually turned from hobby to passion. Phil uses his photography to tell a story and has given presentations on a variety of North Shore topics such as wildflowers, state parks, the Superior Hiking Trail, Lake Superior storms, and hidden gems. You might find him, often with his wife, Helen, along the Lake Superior shoreline, in the Superior National Forest, or in Sax-Zim Bog.