H2H 2015 Photos

H2H ride on the MRT

Paul, Ben and Tim at the Coon Rapids Dam

A group photo album has been put together on Flickr from our 475+ mile bike ride in August.  We traveled for 7 days from Itasca State park to the Iowa border with Minnesota following the Mississippi River has closely has possible.  The bike route iss signed as part of the national MRT (Mississippi River Trail) which runs from Minnesota to the end of the river in Louisana,

If you’d like to view more pictures from our trip, visit Flickr

Planning our Cuban Adventure

Tina and I have paid a deposit to hold a spot on a spring 2016 birding adventure to Cuba.  I have wanted to visit Cuba since the 1960’s when I discovered cars.  A friend and local birder, Dr. Bob Holtz has put together a 10 day trip visiting Cuba’s Western Mountains, the Zapata Swamp, the Atlantic Archipelago and Colonial Havana.  The map below shows spots that we will be visiting.

Fun facts:

  • Total recorded birds: 366
  • Endemics: 26
  • Endemic sub-species 25
  • Breeding native species: 148
  • Number of regular migratory birds: 180
  • Winter residents: 125
  • Summer residents: 14

Caribbean Conservation Trust

The Caribbean Conservation Trust is planning the logistics. The CCT’s regional scope includes the study of neo-tropical migrant bird species moving between North America and the greater Caribbean region, focusing on birds from the east and mid-west of the United States.  The U.S. Department of Treasury has provided a license for conducting bird conservation work in Cuba to the CCT, a U.S. based organization committed to the conservation of endemic and migratory birds and their habitats in the greater Caribbean region.

New Venues in town

This weekend, we have our friends Tim & Pat in town for a quick visit following our bike ride across Minnesota.  Yesterday, we went looking for the Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake. Our son Jeff told me where to find it “back behind the Kellerman’s Event Center“.  We asked about the venue and learned about some brand new fun options in the area.

Jeff helps produce a monthly variety show in White Bear Lake for GTN16 and told us about two new venues in the area, the Valhalla Ale House and the Alchemist Martini Lounge.  We spent a wonderful piece of the afternoon touring Big Wood, the Alchemist and Kellerman’s.

Tomorrow, Jeff’s show will feature these new venues and here is a pre-release copy.

  • Valhalla @ 1:07
  • The Alchemist @ 13:35