Environment & Outdoors

Thorsburg Photography

Larry Weber continues to extoll the virtues of aut-win, his name for the time of year after the leaves are off the trees but before the snow falls. 

And he reminds us that after this weekend, sunset will be coming a lot sooner.

Bill Mittlefehldt

You almost need a program to keep track of all the clean energy projects going on in the Northland these days.

Work continues on the 2025 Action Plan, the Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition and the Arrowhead Energy Cooperative just opened a solar garden for its customers.

Jeannie Stafford/USFWS

In the wake of the recent decision not to list the greater sage grouse to the Endangered Species list, KUMD's longtime "audio columnist" Laura Erickson offers her take on ways commercial interests are doing an end run around the Act.

lisa johnson/thorsburg photography

Larry Weber shares the perfect poem to describe our recent weather.

Sarah Glesner

There are dozens of environmental organizations in the Twin Ports and almost all of them expand their reach and their resources by partnering with one another on different projects. 

But recently, the St. Louis River Alliance sat down for a meeting and instead of the regular troop of khaki- and jean-clad biologists and environmentalists, they were inundated with architects, landscapers and urban planners courtesy of Design Duluth.

Khanillion/Flickr

How many gardeners does it take to change a bulb?

Master gardener Tom Kasper talks bulbs, squirrels and what he calls "the long view into happiness."

Thorsburg Photography

This week's wind and rain resulted in the big leaf drop Larry Weber's been predicting ... but it's also made for a good week at Hawk Ridge with over a thousand raptors migrating through.

St. Louis River Estuary

Diane Desotelle of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it's a pretty good time to be a fish in the St. Louis River.

But it's going to get better. 

Through a network of unique partnerships and collaboration, the clean materials the US Army Corps of Engineers is dredging from ship channels in the harbor will be repurposed in the river to create better habitat for fish, including muskie, northern pike and walleye.

MN Department of Natural Resources

Of the estimated 20 to 30 million bison that once roamed the great plains, only 500,000 are left.

And less than 5% of those are pure wild bison, free of cattle genetics due to efforts at crossbreeding in the past.

But eleven of those bison with no evidence of cattle genetics have been reintroduced to Mineopa State Park in southwestern Minnesota, and that has a lot of people pretty excited about the prospect of new partnerships ... and new herds throughout the state.

Fritz Flohr Reynolds/Flickr

Sneezeweed is still blooming in spots around the Northland.

Seriously.

Sneezeweed.

Chris Goldberg/Flickr

Larry says we had the third warmest September on record ... and that's good news for late season wildflowers like the New England Aster.

Northland College

After 32 years working for Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven is no stranger to politics.

That's just one of the skills that will serve him well in his new position as coordinator of the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute's Timber Wolf Alliance program.

Will Steger.com

A man who's seen the effects of climate change first hand talked to Iron Rangers and guests last week at the Iron Range Convening.

Produced by Climate Generation, the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability,  Will Steger was the keynote speaker for the event, an opportunity to not only talk about climate change, but share ideas on how to combat it.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory/Flickr

Not surprisingly, Minnesota anglers love fishing for trophy-sized Northern Pike.

But they're taking the big fish out of lakes faster than they can replace themselves.

The solution isn't one-size-fits-all; and the DNR is proposing three zones in Minnesota, with regulations tailored to fit each.

You can learn more and leave comments here.

Bryan Garnett-Law/Flickr

Author and naturalist Larry Weber says with the coming of the autumnal equinox, living things start thinking ahead to how they will cope with the coming winter.

There are four methods: which one/s will you employ?

Pages