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J-Term 2021: Wolves & Northwoods Carnivores – Predator Ecology

January 1, 2021 - January 17, 2021


Course Fee: $1,995
Scholarships available


The grey wolf has long excited the human imagination. Minnesota, with approximately 2200 wolves, is home to the largest and only continuous population of wolves in the lower 48 states. It is a center for wolf research. Countries around the world, as well as other states, look to Minnesota as an example of how wolves and humans can co-exist in relative harmony.

Students will work on two wolf projects during the course: one to determine pack numbers, territories, and behavior through tracking surveys near Ely, MN. The second, to determine wolf pack size, territory, and the impacts of prey species on the historic Jonvick Deer Yard along the North Shore of Lake Superior (Lutsen, MN). We will also collect data on Canada lynx in the area in collaboration with the Superior National Forest.

Other topics covered in lecture and fieldwork include:

  • Wolf ecology and observation of captive wolves
  • Lynx ecology and observation of captive lynx and bobcats
  • Deer ecology
  • Coyote & Fox ecology
  • Bobcat & Cougar ecology
  • Bear Ecology
  • Tracking
  • Research techniques
  • Aerial radio telemetry
  • Habitat analysis
  • Winter ecology
  • Winter first aid and safety
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

This course includes visits to the Wildlife Science Center (one of the country’s oldest wolf facilities dedicated to the training, research, education, and conservation surrounding this keystone predator), the North American Bear Center, the International Wolf Center, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior.


A $100 deposit is required to confirm your registration. Balance is due by Dec. 11, 2020. If you know that you will be taking our shuttle from the airport, the shuttle fee is $70 round trip and you may include that with your registration fee.


PLEASE NOTE: All fees to Osprey Wilds are non-refundable. There are no refunds for cancellations.

Optional: Registration and credit through Carroll University
Non-Carroll University students may receive college credit for this course by completing a Non-Degree Summer/Winter Registration Form with the following course information. Follow these instructions.

If students have questions about receiving credit through Carroll University, please contact Lynn Novak, Director of Admission | lnovak@carrollu.edu | 262.524.7620.


January 1, 2021
January 17, 2021
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