Environment

'gone fishing' by Molly Sabourin via Flickr photo sharing

DNR: Protect Yourself and Minnesota Waters

The following information is courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
(May 20, 2014 news release):


George Nelson

West End News: May 15

Sawbill Lake officially became ice-free on May 14 this year.  We started monitoring the ice depth on a daily basis during the brief warm spell in the first week of April, only to have winter retu


Chipping Sparrow

Field Notes: Chipping Sparrows, Nuthatches, Warblers and Kinglets

Field Notes with Molly Hoffman can be heard every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning between 9 and 9:30.  Support for Field Notes comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage F


Bufflehead

Magnetic North: Back to the beach!

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where migrating birds and wide open beaches draw my eyes and heart.


Clear skies have led to happy visitors this week!   Photo by Carl Hansen.

Project launched to help tourism industry respond to climate change on North Shore

Mae Davenport, associate professor in the department of forest resources at the U of MN, has just received a grant to help North Shore community leasers and our area's tourism-based industry better understand the vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities a changing climate could bring to our region. She'll be working specifically with organizations and people in Grand Marais, Lutsen, and Finland. Buck spoke with her May 9 to learn more about the project and why it's important.


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Fascinating facts & stories about nature in three-minute bites, from scientist/outdoorsman Robert Zink

Robert Zink's new book, "The Three-Minute Outdoorsman," distills the latest news from the world of science & nature into three-minute tidbits of interesting information for the regular reader. He chatted with Dave TerSteeg May 9 about the book, and tells some great, quirky stories. Did you know that chickadees in our neck of the woods are smarter than most? Can you guess why? Take a listen.


Pussy Willow

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: May 2

The Smiths are back on the Mile O Pine after a trek south where we visited kids, grandkids and reconnected with many friends.  I was also a member of the great officiating crew for the 105th


Ultraviolet Saturn

Northern Sky: Saturn's Tilted Rings

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.


Northern Waterthrush

Field Notes: Northern Waterthrush, Kinglets and Warblers

Field Notes with Molly Hoffman can be heard every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning between 9 and 9:30.  Support for Field Notes comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage F


West End News: May 1

As of today, Sawbill Lake is still sporting 27 inches of ice.  This is only a few inches less than I reported two weeks ago, news which could just aggravate the chronic late winter depression tha