We speak with Jennifer Teegarden, a forestry outreach specialist with the MN Department of Natural Resources about how the DNR goes about selecting the holiday tree to be placed at the Minnesota Governor's residence each year. Also, she recommends using real trees rather than manufactured trees as they can be mulched and returned to the environment – storing carbon rather than releasing it.
The irony isn't lost on those who study these things.
Neonicotinoid pesticides were developed originally because they were thought to be less toxic to birds and wildlife than other options.
The effects on pollinators are becoming widely examined - and they're troubling - but now the MN DNR is into the third year of a study to see what happens to sharp-tailed grouse exposed to the chemicals.
And they're asking Minnesota grouse hunters to help them collect samples.