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Environment

Hardy roses can be grown in Cook County

Northern Gardening talks all about roses


North Woods Naturalist: Snow crust

There may be snow accumulating on a frequent basis, but it’s accumulating on a thick crust that has advantages and disadvantages for some animals.


Energy-efficient passive building in Isabella

Passive building techniques: What they are and why they matter

The Cook County Local Energy Project & Cook County Extension will offer a workshop on best energy construction practices Thursday, Feb. 9, in Grand Marais. Sean Meyers is an architect with CR-BPS, a firm located in Isabella that specializes in passive building techniques, and he'll be in town to present at the workshop. He spoke with Dave about passive building, energy conservation, and more. You can contact Cook County Extension at 387-3015 to register. 


North Woods Naturalist: Winter to date

For a while the weather was up and down, cold to snowy to unseasonably warm. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about January weather.


Peony

Are cut flowers a viable new industry for Cook County?


North Woods Naturalist: Christmas balsam firs

Balsam fir are popular Christmas trees, but they do have male and female flowers on the larger ones.


chilly interview!

National Ice Core Lab stores samples from ice sheets all over the world

The National Ice Core Laboratory near Denver is...sorry...a really cool place. It's the repository for miles of ice that contains information about the planet's past and the history of its climate. Dick chatted with Richard Nunn, assistant curator of the lab, about what they do there, why it's important, and the special challenges involved with storing and studying ice. You can learn lots more about the lab at their website.


Gardening books

Christmas gifts for the gardener in your life

Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam welcome Linda Chappell, recently retired librarian at the Grand Marais Library, to the studio to talk about Christmas gifts for the gardener.

courtesy Wendy Baxter

Leaf to Landscape program studies & manages health of the giant sequoias

The iconic giant sequoias are under stress from years of drought and climate change. Wendy Baxter of the Dawson Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, is a scientist studying these trees to find out what's happening and what might be done to save them. The program is called Leaf to Landscape, and Dick talked with her recently. You can check out her website to learn more.


new book by Bob King, "Astro Bob" blogger

"Astro Bob" blogger Bob King's new book, "Night Sky with the Naked Eye," tells how to find night sky wonders without a telescope

Bob King, creator of the Astro Bob blog in the Duluth News-Tribune, has written a great new book about how to find planets, constellations, satellites, and more, without a telescope. It's called "Night Sky with the Naked Eye." Bob talked with Dave recently about the book, who it's for, and what it teaches. And get set for the Geminid meteor shower, Dec. 13 & 14.