Environment & Outdoors

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Master gardener Tom Kasper on what our rainy day/sunny day/ rainy day pattern might be good for.

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They brighten the roadsides at this time of year, but a lot of the flowers we're seeing along the highways and byways these days are actually non-native species.

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Ever since the '90s, folks have been gathering the third week in July to recognize Lake Superior and the environmental concerns surrounding it ... and to celebrate the successes.

This year's Lake Superior Day (Days?)  is no different, with educational sessions at the Maritime Visitors Center Friday and Saturday and a whole passel of kid-friendly activities on Sunday.

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Efforts to develop disease-tolerant elm trees have been in high gear ever since the majestic trees started being lost to Dutch elm disease in the '30s.

Now USDA Forest Service scientists are inoculating more than 1200 research American elms with Dutch elm disease, and if the trees can fight it off, you might even be able to plant elms in your yard again.

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"Don't change the height of the mower dramatically!"

"Don't cut below 2 1/2 inches!"

"I'm busy crowding out other weeds; leave me alone!"

Master gardener Tom Kasper says listen to your lawn: it might surprise you.

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Naturalist Larry Weber say this period just prior to the summer solstice gives us the earliest sunrises of the year, even though not yet the longest days.  In this first week of June, the rainfall total so far this month is lower than normal.  We are now near the end of bird migration.  Many blooming flowers, including lilacs, are in fine form this week as well.

WIldwoods Rehabilitation

How could anyone with a heart resist an "abandoned" fawn or a baby bird flopping helplessly on the ground?

The compassion isn't the problem at this time of year; the problem is what you don't know you don't know in order to really help.

Luckily for us, Wildwoods is there - on the phone or online - to help.

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For the first time in over a year, a month averaged cooler than normal temperatures.

As May splashed  off in its yellow rain boots, June burst on the scene yesterday with a high temperature of 79: perfect for enjoying apple blossoms, baby birds, frog calls and mostly mosquito-free conditions.

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The ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremony this weekend for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center's dormitory renovations and the new staff space isn't the real story; the real story is the first Living Building in Minnesota, a project the executive director says is inspirational ... and groundbreaking.

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You can even sing today's forecast if you want to: The sun'll come out ... tomorrow ...

So if you're ready to take advantage of a little sunshine and some warm temperatures for a change, Tom Kasper says maybe one of the many classes this spring on bee-friendly gardening has inspired you.

You can do everything from giving over your whole yard to pollinator-friendly plants or just do one thing: remember, when you buy plants, to make sure they have NOT been exposed to neonicotinoids.

For the first time in over a year, we have a month - May - where the temperature was cooler than normal.

But if anyone can find the silver lining in a cool, wet May, it would be Larry Weber.

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When we heard on Earthwise Radio this week that communing with nature makes us feel better, it probably wasn't a surprise.

But the why might surprise you.  Who woulda thunk that it's the structured, predictable nature of, well, nature that appeals to us?

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Larry Weber says the 2 1/2 inches of rain at his place this week means things are greening almost visibly.

Fiddlehead ferns that were just poking their heads from the soil last week are knee-high now, and if you have the time and patience, you'll be rewarded with good views of warblers.

In addition, Larry says he heard a visitor he hasn't heard at his place in over 20 years.

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The League of Women Voters wants to get folks excited about Arbor Day again, so they're throwing a free public event May 20, featuring guest speaker Louise Levy.

The Lorax is rumored to be making an appearance also.

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