As we move into October, the temps start dropping, the days get darker, and it always seems like the moose sightings start to rise. Where to spot moose is one of the most common questions we receive at the museum front desk (along with, “What year did that fire go through?” A: 2007.) and it’s always nice to be able to share some recent sightings. We spied this Mama and Babe right at the end of our driveway on Sunday evening. Today, we’ve heard reports of moose spotted in Swamper Lake and in the swamp between the Poplar Lake Access Road and the Laurentian Divide. Although our moose population have been facing more than their fair share of challenges in recent years, there are still moose in these woods, so keep your eyes peeled on your drive up to Chik-Wauk.
In addition to moose sightings, we received more good news this morning: Chik-Wauk will remain open for the last 11 days of the 2013 season. Because the museum and nature center is located on federally owned property, there was some concern that we’d have to close until Congress passed a new budget as part of the government shutdown. Happily, we received official word today that we’re not required to close. The Gunflint Trail Historical Society, an 501c3 nonprofit which receives no federal funding beyond occasional grants for specific projects, runs Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center independently.
Only 11 days remain in Chik-Wauk’s 2013 season. Where did the summer go?! Hurry in to make a final trek up to Blueberry Hill in the fall colors, shop the end of the season gift shop sale (15% off all books, 20% off all clothing, and more discounts to be found – just in time to stock up on holiday presents!), and view the exhibits (especially the temporary exhibit on Charlie and Petra Boostrom) before we lock the door at 5 pm on Sunday, October 20.