Environment

Northwestern Ontario

Current Ontario Fire Conditions

The smoke you may smell is coming from fires in Northwest Ontario.


Canoeists fight the wake in the Women's Solo Races

Wildersmith July 22

The spirit of our atmosphere is snarling as the once wonderful summer got ugly hot since our last visit.


Night Sky

Tips and tricks for night sky observation

With its limited light pollution, the North Shore is a great place to observe the night sky.


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Outdoors writer Sam Cook on how state shutdown is affecting outdoor pursuits

Bob spoke July 8 with Duluth News-Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook about how the state shutdown is affecting fishing, state parks, conservation efforts, and more.


A black bear has been seen on the West End this week

West End News: July 7

When the state government shut down on the Thursday before the long 4th of July weekend, we were not sure what the effect would be here at Sawbill.


BWCAW scene

Learn about the ancient art of tracking in the wilderness with Joe Paulik

Hovland resident Joe Paulik stopped by June 24 to talk with Buck about his passion, the nearly-lost arts of tracking and survival in the wilderness. Some key skills are patience, concentration, and acute awareness of one's surroundings.


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Fire in Ontario causes smoke and haze in Cook County

Haze and wood smoke are noticeable in many parts of Cook County today due to a forest fire in Canada.


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Rick Novitsky, manager of Grand Portage State Park, on National Get Outdoors Day

Rick Novitsky, manager of Grand Portage State Park, spoke with Bob on the eve of National Get Outdoors Day about the park, its new visitor center, and activities and services there. Photo copyright MN DNR.


Wolf

Wolf expert discusses recent escape and shooting of wolf at MN Zoo

Lori Schmidt, wolf curator at the International Wolf Center in Ely, offered her perspective on June 10 about the recent incident at the Minnesota Zoo in whi