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courtesy U of MN Bee Lab

U of MN helping the honey bee get back on its own six feet

The U of MN just broke ground on its new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, a facility to house bee research, led by world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak. Buck chatted with Dr. Rebecca Masterman, associate program director of the Bee Squad, about why bees are so important to agriculture and to the health and beauty of our world. You can learn more about bees and the new lab here.

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"Windbound" courtesy Stephen Brede

Michigan man on final leg of Great Lakes canoeing adventure

Stephen Brede of Petoskey, Mich. has a life goal to canoe around all five Great Lakes. Dick caught up with him July 30, when he was windbound on an island near Rossport, Ontario, and talked with him about the why and how of his adventure. You can learn more about Stephen and follow his progress here

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The threatened Northern long-eared bat

How to see in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest

"How to see in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest," is the theme of the August 1st Saturday Speaker Series event at Sugarloaf Cover Nature Center near Schroeder.

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courtesy Sustainable Agriculture Project

UMD farm provides 'lab' for research, learning and demonstration

The Sustainable Agriculture Project at UMD offers an experiential learning, research and demonstration farm that works with institutions and local farmers, and provides internships for students. Randel Hanson, assistant professor of geography at UMD, has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of the farm. He talked with Buck July 24 about the farm and how it brings together food, water, and energy research. You can learn more here.

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Ben Weaver in Studio A

Musician Ben Weaver circumnavigating Lake Superior by bicycle...and song

Musician Ben Weaver is riding his bicycle around Lake Superior to engage people along the route in conversation about the state of our fresh water. He's performing his music at many stops along the way. He spoke with Dick, and played a few tunes, during a July 24 stopover in Grand Marais. As Ben says in this interview, "Why do we have to choose between jobs and fresh water?" You can learn more about Ben and his project here.

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The Lake Superior Project/Logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSP: Tettegouche State Park

There are eight Minnesota state parks between Gooseberry Falls and Grand Portage.

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Common yellowthroat

Field Notes: Common yellowthroat

Field Notes with Molly Hoffman can be heard every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning between 8:00 and 10:00.  Support for


courtesy Wilderness Classroom

Adventurers Dave & Amy Freeman to spend full year in BWCAW

At the fall equinox, Dave & Amy Freeman will launch their canoe in the KawishiwiRiver and paddle into the Boundary Waters, where they will stay for an entire year. Dick spoke with them July 17 about why they're doing this, the logistics involved, and more. You can learn about their programs for students at www.wildernessclassroom.com, and about their goal of bringing attention to sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters at www.savetheboundarywaters.org.

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Cow Parsnip (Photo by Marilylle Soveran on Flickr)

North Woods Naturalist: Lush July

The combination of moist weather and cooler temps means a lush July this year. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about perfect weather for blooming wild plants.

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Sugarloaf Cove

Native Plants and Restoration Techniques Workshop, July 25

The Cook County Invasive Team works to control the spread of invasive species in our area.

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