Moosewatch Expeditions

DATES FOR 2021 MOOSEWATCH EXPEDITIONS

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ALL EXPEDITIONS ARE NOW FULL. NEW APPLICANTS WILL BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST OF THEIR CHOICE.

 

NOTE: Please read the special conditions relating to Covid-19 safety in section V of the details in this word doc or this pdf).

 

Expedition #1: May 15 – 23 (FULL!)

     NOTE: Expedition #1 is nearly full. You can request to be put on a wait list, but it is best to sign up for another expedition to be sure of a spot.

     Access via Voyageur II, from Grand Portage, MN to Windigo, returning to Grand Portage, MN from Windigo.

Expedition #2: May 26 – June 3 (FULL!)

     Access via Voyageur II, from Grand Portage, MN to Windigo, returning to Grand Portage, MN from Windigo.

Expedition #3: June 7 - 14 (FULL!)

     Access via Isle Royale Queen, from Copper Harbor, MI to Rock Harbor, return to Copper Harbor, MI, from Rock Harbor.

Expedition #4: July 30 - August 7 (FULL!)

     Access via Ranger III, from Houghton, MI to Mott Island, returning to Houghton, MI from Mott Island.

Cost

The cost of the expedition is a $450 tax-deductible donation. We are determined not to increase the cost to our volunteers in 2021, but be aware that we have not ever increased this cost for Moosewatch volunteers, in spite of real increases in the price of everything we need for the program. All group equipment needed for safe backcountry travel and an experienced leader are provided. It is possible that volunteers will have to bring their own food in 2021 because of COVID concerns. If this is the case, we will assist with more instructions and pointers on how to do this.

The cost of getting to Isle Royale is not included.

Sign Up for An Expedition

Fill out the application and health form and send them by email to: Ken Vrana <kjvrana@mtu.edu>.

Or print hard copies and mail them to: Ken Vrana, Expedition Coordinator, Isle Royale Institute -Michigan Tech, 1400 Townsend Dr.,  Houghton, MI 49931

We expect that additional information on COVID status will be needed from each volunteer who is scheduled to go to the island, but it is too early to say what we’ll need to ask.

Getting to Isle Royale

The Expedition begins when you arrive to Isle Royale. How you arrive to Isle Royale depends on the Expedition for which you sign up (see above). It is your responsibility to make your own boat reservations.

For Expeditions departing from Grand Portage, MN, the closest airports in the U.S. are Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, and Duluth, MN.  Thunder Bay, Ontario, will probably not be a travel option during the May trips.  Note, there is no public transportation available between Duluth and Grand Portage, but usually we can figure out car-pooling with other volunteers.

For information about getting to Isle Royale

via the Voyageur, click here.
via the Queen, click here.
via the Ranger III, click here.

Details necessary for making your own reservation can be found here as a Word doc and here as a pdf.

For Expeditions departing from Grand Portage, MN, the closest airports are Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, and Duluth, MN.

For Expeditions departing from Houghton, MI, or Copper Harbor, MI, the closest airport is the Houghton County Airport (CMX).

MOOSEWATCH FOR EDUCATORS 2021

Moosewatch for Educators is a unique field experience in support of the ecological study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park.

Registration is now open. Details can be found here.

Session #1 - June 21- June 28
Session #2 - July 5- July 12