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North Shore Library News: Jan. 12

Two Harbors Public Library

Resource Spotlight: Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas

This new online resource,, will be very useful for birders and fun for anyone curious about birds. It is an effort to provide a comprehensive survey of what birds are living in Minnesota.

For each of the 249 birds confirmed as breeding in Minnesota, there is a species description including basic facts, distribution, breeding habitat, population abundance and conservation status. There is a photo of both the bird and of typical breeding habitat for the species.

The interactive map feature shows which sample areas had birds observed or breeding sites confirmed across the state. Using the maps feature, you can see the list of birds recorded for a sample site or by county or ecological areas. It shows 167 species of birds recorded as breeding in Lake County.

The Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas was a collaborative project with many partners, led by Audubon Minnesota and the Natural Resources Research Institute, that is part of University of Minnesota Duluth. Hundreds of citizen-scientist volunteers recorded the observations on selected sampling locations throughout the state during the breeding seasons from 2009 to 2013.

It is interesting to read about the methods used to do the sampling and observations. Funding came from a variety of sources, with a substantial part from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Silver Bay Public Library

The winter reading program, "Read With a Friend," begins Tuesday, Jan. 16. It's for youth from birth to grade 12. Read with a dog, cat, a person or to yourself. Simply read! Stop by the library to get started.

Need a good movie to cozy up with on a cold winter's night? Consider one of these titles from our most-watched movies in 2017:

Feature films

• "Accountant"

• "Sully"

• "A Man Called Ove"

• "Manchester by the Sea"

• "Magnificent Seven"

• "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"

• "Arrival"

• "Dressmaker"

• "Hacksaw Ridge"

In nonfiction

• "Planet Earth II"

• "Superior Hiking Trail"

• "Moose: Life of a Twig Eater"

• "Sights and Sounds of Yellowstone National Park"

• "Deer and Big Game"

• "Lost Twin Cities"

• "Vietnam War"

Juvenile most-viewed

• "Moana"

• "Blue's Clues, Blues Jobs"

• "Shopkins Chef Club"

• "PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies"

• "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales"

• "Flintstones Complete 5th Season"

• "Flintstones Complete 6th Season"