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J-Term 2022: Wolves & Northwoods Carnivores – Predator Ecology

January 2, 2022 - January 16, 2022


J-TERM Wolves and Northwood Carnivores

Predator Ecology

January 2-16, 2022

Course Information

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.

Students are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination to attend this course.  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.


Course Fee: $1,995
Scholarships available

Please download a registration form and submit it to Osprey Wilds via mail, phone, or fax. A $100 deposit is required to confirm your registration. Payments can be made using a credit card or check.  Total balance is due by December 10, 2021. 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.

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

Email: lnovak@carrollu.edu | Phone: 262.524.7620.

Mailing Address: 

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
PO Box 530 Sandstone, MN 55072






frontdesk@ospreywilds.org OR wood@ospreywilds.org


Osprey Wilds offers scholarships to help cover the cost of this course. Please download our scholarship form and submit it at least one month prior to the start of this course (January 2, 2022). Please limit your response to 2 pages. Scholarship requests are reviewed on a first-come basis.

Submit your application to Bryan Wood via

  • Email: wood@ospreywilds.org
  • Fax: 320-245-5272
  • or Mail: Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, PO Box 530, Sandstone, MN 55072


Contact information Front Desk or Bryan Wood at 320-245-2648
frontdesk@ospreywilds.org or wood@ospreywilds.org 


January 2, 2022
January 16, 2022
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