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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: June 2013
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6/30/13 - Yesterday night, the Sawbill campfire ring was once again filled with customers and employees who listened to a talk by a Forest Service naturalist. Last night, the topic was the majestic moose; however, the theme of the program changes each week. The talk starts at 7:30 pm every Saturday and is held at the fire ring near the canoe landing. This exciting and educational program continues until August 24th and is always accompanied by a campfire and s'mores. -Britta

Inga Roen, this year's naturalist, discusses the moose with interested campers.

6/29/13 - The bats are out at Sawbill! Lately, we've been seeing these flying mammals swooping around at dusk, hunting for insects. Bats don't actually catch insects with their mouths, but instead capture them in their tail and then transfer the caught prey into their mouths. They can do this transfer two times in one second, catching up to three hundred insects per hour. This nocturnal creature is a welcome guest. -Britta

Carl Hansen caught this little bat taking a break on the side of the dome.

6/27/13 - Here is this week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

6/25/13 - Our final new crew member of the season, Nicole Kline, has arrived. She is originally from Apple Valley, but is now living in Seattle where she goes to school at Shoreline Community College for graphic design. - Jessica

Nicole hanging out in front of the store with Hank.

6/24/13 - The status of moose in Minnesota has been a hot topic for some time now, but has recently gained more steam as population estimates dropped 35 percent in just a year's time. With so many variables linked to this precipitous decline, a push for more research has begun. The University of Minnesota Duluth in conjunction with the Minnesota DNR are trying their best to solve this mystery. To help out, visit their Moose in Minnesota website to report any moose, alive or dead, you encounter. This data is then analyzed, and any dead moose are recovered in order to try and determine the cause of death. -Jessica

On a recent canoe trip Tom and Terri Doremus were able to snap a few pictures of this cow and her calf.

6/21/13 - Here is this week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

6/20/13 - The dragonfly hatch finally occurred this past week. Crew member, Tyler Campbell, claims that on a recent canoe trip he witnessed some slimy looking dragonflies emerge from their nymph stage. According to a New York Times article, a dragonfly typically catches more than 95 percent of its targets. That is a striking contrast to many of Mother Nature's top predators, such as the African lion, who if lucky can capture only 25 percent of its prey. -Jessica

Resident photographer Carl Hansen captured this guy munching on a bug.

6/16/13 - Here is the latest issue of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

6/11/13 - Our resident professional photographer, Carl Hansen, shared a couple of his recent photos with us. - Bill

Sawbill crew members stand in awe of the northern lights on a recent night at the Sawbill Lake canoe landing.

Former Sawbill crew member, Adam Hansen, shows off a couple of dandy lake trout from a recent trip in the BWCA Wilderness.

6/10/13 - We are pleased to introduce our two newest Sawbill crew members, Ana Koch and Laura Hoppe. Ana is from Mentor, Minnesota and attends Eckerd College in Florida. Laura is from Wyoming, Minnesota and attends the University of Minnesota in Morris. - Bill

Ana Koch and Laura Hoppe.

6/6/13 - We're proud to be a sponsor (note the Sawbill canoes) of a "source to sea" expedition on the Mississippi River this summer. You can follow the expedition blog at: Or on Twitter at: - Bill

Leif Gilsvik (Sawbill crewmember), Elina Berglund (from Sweden, attends Bowdoin College and lives in Hong Kong), Caleb "Hurikane" Hamp-Sill (Two Harbors, MN), Molly Rider (attends Bowdoin College and lives in Lutsen, MN).

Hurikane and Leif navigate the first few feet of the mighty Mississippi River.

Elina and Molly heading downstream. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

6/4/13 - Warm temperatures bring more wildlife. As we move into the full swing of summer, I've noticed more wildlife around the outfitter. Apart from the occasional moose on the Sawbill Trail, we've also seen Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Hairy Woodpeckers, Garter snakes and more. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and your cameras ready! -Carl

Sawbill crew member Joe Daniels fashioned a net to get this hummingbird out of the store.

We rarely see these little birds sitting still!

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6/2/13 - Here is this week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

6/1/13 - Sawbill welcomes it's newest employee! Hank Anders Hansen came to us from Hunters Goldens in New London, MN. Hank's favorite activities are sleeping, chewing on things he's not supposed to, and being adorable. Be sure to stop into the store this summer and say hello! -Carl

Hank Anders Hansen.

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