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REGIONAL— Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring population counts remained similar to last year, which suggests the summer began with grouse numbers at peak levels, particularly in … more
REGIONAL— The abundant rain that has fallen over the past several weeks has left the area poised for a good berry crop later this summer. In the meantime, however, the wild food supply is … more
LAKE VERMILION— The National Weather Service reported a funnel cloud that touched down here this past Sunday afternoon, creating a large waterspout that was reported, photographed and video … more
It probably doesn’t take an ornithologist to figure out I have birds on the island. Fact is, I have lots of birds on the island.  I resist naming them but sometimes that’s hard. Some … more
I was walking the other day near the Junction Road between Tower and Soudan when the languid song of an uncommon bird in our area, brought me back to my younger days. It was the song of an indigo … more
TOWER— A new requirement that campers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness either hang their food packs or use bear-proof containers has opened a potential new market for local bag … more
ELY- When Richard White didn’t come home from his day hike last Wednesday evening, his relatives here started to worry. The next morning, June 27, White’s daughter notified the Lake … more
REGIONAL— While last week’s storm poured immense amounts of rain all across the Arrowhead, some areas received much more than others. Tucked within a broad swath of generally two-to-four … more
REGIONAL— County roads weren’t the only travel corridors to take a pounding from last week’s torrential rain. ATV trails across the area were hit just as hard, with widespread … more
REGIONAL— Most area rivers remained in flood stage as of Monday, nearly a week after torrential downpours brought anywhere from three to nine inches of rain to the region. The Little Fork River … more
I have a love/hate relationship with a yellow-bellied sapsucker. It’s complicated, I know, and it has a long history. For years, a sapsucker has been attracted to the two most coveted trees in … more
This spring’s abundant rainfall has been a boon for more than just mosquitoes. Few of our native plants appreciate plentiful moisture more than the roughly 90 species of ferns that make their … more
REGIONAL— If you’d like to explore the Lost Lake Peatland Scientific and Natural Area but don’t know where to start, you’ll want to take advantage of a planned kayak tour of … more
ELY- A young family is bringing a closely held dream to life on the shores of Birch Lake, where they’re about to open a brand-new resort to give people opportunities to enjoy the wilderness … more
A flashback from my youth appeared at our bird feeder the other day. It was a red-headed woodpecker and it took me a second to register what I was seeing, since this is a bird I’d only glimpsed … more
REGIONAL—The Department of Natural Resources is beginning a new three-year research project in northeastern Minnesota to gather additional data on deer populations. The DNR will place cameras … more
When it comes to technology, I’m definitely the late adopter in the family. So, it was just last week that my wife Jodi showed me the latest and greatest version of the Merlin bird ID app, … more
REGIONAL— Several area rivers remained in flood stage this week even as water levels were gradually receding from heavy rains that fell last week. The heavy rains, as much as four inches in … more
REGIONAL—Throughout the year, the fur coats on white-tailed deer change to match the seasonal weather and temperature. Every spring deer shed their thicker winter coat and replace it with a … more
ELY— Making scientific concepts and findings accessible to a general audience has long been a challenge for researchers. Most scientific journals have little readership outside academia and the … more
Bird migration is always an interesting time for those of us who like to observe the natural world, in part because you never know who will show up and how long they’ll stick around. Most … more
ISABELLA— The U.S. Forest Service declared a prescribed burn that went awry last week fully contained as of May 19, as light rain showers and higher humidity helped firefighters keep the Fry … more
Here in the North Country, the springtime woods can be a noisy affair, and few sounds are as symbolic of that seasonal cacophony as the calling of frogs. For years, I’ve tried (though … more
REGIONAL— This past Sunday’s incursion of heavy wildfire smoke into the North Country from north of the border was a portent of what to expect this summer and into the fall. North Country … more
REGIONAL— River and stream levels continued to exhibit considerable bounce this week as the impact of late April and early May rains faded. Area stream levels began the ice-free season at near … more
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