Environment & Outdoors

Astro Bob's Astronomy for Everyone/Bob King. Used with permission.

Even as he was being devoured alive by mosquitos, our intrepid Backyard Almanac host, Larry Weber,  reported some weather stats for the first half of July, the latest arrivals on the wildflower scene, and - gulp! - some early migrants and some leaf color already!

www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

Jesse Schomberg says calling Superior a "lake" lulls people into a false sense of security.

MN Sea Grant

This week on The Sea Grant Files, host Jesse Schomberg has a conversation about aquaculture with Don Schreiner, Minnesota Sea Grant’s fisheries specialist. 

Shelby L Bell [via Flickr]

Naturalist, author and educator Larry Weber, always a keen observer of what is, acknowledges an important anniversary.  

©Lisa Johnson

 

Why has Jason Rice, a longtime fan of and two-time musher in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon stepped down from the Beargrease board ... and was he been spotted stalking Ryan Redington?

Seriously?

Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende/Facebook

Germany is well on its way to phasing out fossil fuels and nuclear energy and replacing them with renewables.

But in a stunning display of democracy (?), everyday people are driving this energy transition (called "Energiewende" which, literally translated, means "energy turn").

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt talked with co-author Craig Morris in Germany.

Swallowtail Garden Seeds [via Flickr]

First: Water (Check! Plenty of rain lately). Second: Light (Yes, we've also had some good sun).

Minnesota State Parks has created a new way to find your next outdoor adventure.  The new website has an online tool with an interactive map with filters for favorite outdoor activities, amenities and locations.  

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Larry Weber joins us for Backyard Almanac from the road, returning from a spider convention in Michigan.

Duluth AmeriCorp volunteer Alayna Johnson has been working to bring recycling and composting to summer events at Duluth parks.  Creating low-waste events her focus and is a matter of providing proper receptacles along with good signage and education. You can volunteer this summer as a part of the effort where trash talking is encouraging composting at the Chester Creek Concert Series.  

Learn more about participating in Trash Talking at Chester Creek

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

Up north at the Sax-Zim Bog, much to the surprise of some, complete strangers may come stollong through their front yard, with binoculars or fancy cameras. This has become the daily norm for some Northern Minnesotans and their famous bird feeders. From the edge of the Sax-Zim bog in Forbes, Minnesota, Ryan Dawes reports.

Plan your visit to the Sax Zim Bog

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently conducted spraying treatments of over 1000 acres in St. Louis County to control the invasive gypsy moth. 

We regularly weed and water our vegetable and flower gardens, and today Tom Kasper reminds us to also feed our plants, on a regular schedule.  Plant food is fertilizer, which you can find for sale, or in your own backyard compost pile.  Good options over commercial chemical fertilizers which give you an organic harvest include compost and fish and seaweed emulsions.  Listen for more tips on feeding your plants. 

Terry Priest/Flickr

Summer officially arrived Thursday morning at 5:07am.

Here in the Northland, the sun came up at 5:14am.

Today, it came up at 5:15am.

Leave it to Larry Weber to point out the days are already starting to get longer.

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