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Bonga: a Safe Abode in the Wilderness

March 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

BCHS proudly presents the first of in a series of Monday evening lectures in March:


Barry W. Babcock


author of Teachers in the Forest discusses


Bonga: a Safe Abode in the Wilderness,


representing 20 years of research.

Monday, March 4th at 6 p.m.

Bemidji Public Library.

509 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601


Barry Babcock lives off the grid in the Mississippi Headwaters Country of northern Minnesota. His lifestyle is one of simple and self-sustaining existence. He gathers what he needs from the land by gardening, hunting, harvesting, and his only electricity is harnessed from the sun, his water from a well which is pumped daily by hand. He lives an intimate balance with the natural world. He has pursued a way of life distanced from the economic and consumptive norms which he believes can hinder a person’s connection to the natural world.  With a deep love and respect for the land, he has been active in curbing the transformation of northern Minnesota by extractive industry, motorized recreation, and development. For over two decades he has been active with the Tri-County Leech Lake Watershed Project, and is the founder of the grassroots organization, Jack Pine Coalition.  Since the delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act, Babcock has been pro-actively fighting to protect them, which has included speaking to legislators in conjunction with the non-profit group Howling for Wolves, and assisting with the production of the documentary Medicine of the Wolf.



Hosted by The Beltrami County Historical Society in partnership with the Bemidji Public Library

FREE ADMISSION thanks to a generous Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant.


March 4, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Bemidji Public Library
509 America Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
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