We have received several calls from folks who are travelling north and are wondering about accessibility to the North Shore. Interstate 35 is completely open. Heading north on Hwy 61 there is a detour around Knife River. Trails are pretty chewed up but are accessible at SRL. I would encourage you to check out your travel route as you head north and give yourself plenty of time. You can always call 511, MNDOT travel information. The flood warning remains in effect until 4:30 today, Friday, June 22nd.
Safe travels to all and please remember that even though rivers, streams and creeks are receding that the water can still be dangerous after so much rainfall.
We are trained as Historic Site Interpreters, to know the vast history of Split Rock Lighthouse station; however at times we find ourselves a “Jack of all trades”, like the Keepers before us. We each bring with us unique talents spanning the geography, phenology, entomology, hydrology, meteorology, ethology and ornithology (to name a few) of the area.
Recently, our talents at ornithology were tested when a hummingbird found its way into the Fog Signal building and could not figure the way out. After several hours of frantic flying and no food the little one eventually succumbed to her exhaustion and was captured.
She was extremely lethargic, in almost a torpor state, and had cobwebs wound between her wing and foot, holding them tightly together. First, was getting some sugar water to try and re-hydrate the wee bird. Next, was slowly and gently getting the cobwebs off her wing and unwound from her foot. She was finally free of cobwebs but still not very responsive. She was cupped in hands to keep warm; the temperature had dropped. What next? Well, after a few minutes of having a wing and foot free and taking in a little bit of sugar water and warming up, the humming bird began to perk up. She actually stuck her beak out between my fingers. Upon opening my hand the hummingbird took flight into the birch near the feeder. They are nothing if not resilient creatures.
We are not sure if the little hummingbird is among the throngs coming to the feeder, but we would like to believe that with a little human intervention she is doing well.
This save happened because of our dedicated staff; Alex, for bring the hummingbirds plight to attention and Vi and Matt for the initial rescue.
Split Rock Lighthouse Museum Store and the Duluth Pack Store have teamed up and now an assortment of locally made Duluth Pack bags are available with a Split Rock Lighthouse logo leather patch. Available for purchase are Daypacks, Shell Bags, Haversack, Market Totes and Wanderer (the pack chosen by NBC to be featured in Love in the Wild, a TV reality show). We also have the ability to special order any of the Duluth Pack items with the Split Rock patch on.
Just added to the museum store! This great new poster depicting the lighthouse “icon brand”. (available at the online store too!) Split Rock = the lighthouse, trees, waves, highway 61. Romance and nature, captured in a poster.
22 X 28 poster that fits standard size frames!