Environment & Outdoors

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Tom talks powdery mildew, a multitude of harvest festivals at Duluth Public Schools, and Duluth Community Garden Club's upcoming Garlic Sale - just in time to keep you safe at Halloween!

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber observes the final week of summer, noting the warmer temps (10 degrees above average for September!).  The leaves are already starting to change: Maples, sumacs, dogwoods are turning red, but so are Virginia creeper and poison ivy. Yellow leaves to look out for are the ash, birch and poplar trees. Birds are migrating – this is "hawk weekend" in the Duluth area.  Geese and cranes are in motion, as are the warblers, thrushes and flickers, among others. 

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  We talk with Kelly Godfrey, Program Director of International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.  Their ongoing efforts to educate the world about wolves and their place in the ecosystem include a series of wolf webinars.  On September 23rd, a webinar will be given about pack dynamics and a review of 26 years of work from the International Wolf Center.

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  Author and naturalist Larry Weber notes how the late summer rains have brought an abundance of mushrooms. Glowworms have been out and about.  The trees are starting to change color as fall moves in, and with fall comes the migration of birds – some say the greatest in recent memory.  Both raptors (hawks, eagles) and non-raptors (Canada geese, warblers and blue jays, et al.) have been sighted. Snakes too!

  We talk with UMD Professor Randy Hanson about UMD's Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), a fifteen-acre "land lab" that utilizes sustainable farming practices.  SAP was formed in 2009 to "institute education, research, and regional engagement around community food and agriculture systems in the western Lake Superior bioregion." 

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Tom Kasper talks about garden tasks other than harvesting and preserving that we can be doing this time of year to prepare for next year's growing season.  He also shared tips for growing sweet corn successfully in our Northern climate.

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Laura Erickson says no one who knows anything about real nighthawks would ever consider naming their sports team after them ... but Larry Weber has enjoyed watching their migration this week, anyway.

Plus he's been watching hawks migrate at Hawk Ridge,  thrilled to the hundreds of spider webs that showed up so clearly with foggy dewdrops on them and, of course, spent time appreciating "the fungus among us" after the rains.

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Clare Hintz manages Elsewhere Farm in Herbster, WI. Though the farm isn't certified organic, Hintz manages her farm organically and proclaims, with her ready laugh, that her land is certifiable.

Hartley Nature Center

Growing up on a South Dakota farm, Doug Shoemaker used to think how great it would be to drive around all day in a vehicle that ran on sunshine.

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When you think "sustainable," it's not too much of a jump to local foods.

But the Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth is thinking "sustainable" in a lot of ways.  From their LEED-certified building in the Hillside neighborhood (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the new LEED-designed building coming to West Duluth next year, the Co-op is thinking sustainable communities with the addition of some low-cost options for folks who are on federal food assistance programs and becoming a WIC vendor (a food assistance program for Women, Infants and Children).

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The Duluth Bicycle Coalition is frustrated.

During the long public input process into the reconstruction of Superior Street in downtown,  someone expressed interest in protected bike lanes at every meeting.

But when the plan from the city was presented in June, Superior Street looked, basically, just like it does now: diagonal parking to maximize parking spaces and no bike lanes.

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Since 1979, Nukewatch in Luck Wisconsin has been pursuing an agenda of environmental and peace action and "no nukes."

Co-director John LaForge joins is to talk about what the group has been up to and how some issues - like environmental remediation by companies eager to begin a commercial project - keep coming up again and again.

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Carol Andrews shares her five favorite ways to learn more about wild gardening (we've reprinted them below, with clickable links)  ... oh, and an inappropriate story about a towel.

Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild

In 1974, a group of Northland folks interested in weaving, knitting, spinning, wool dyeing and the like formed the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild.

Perhaps it was just an offshoot of the back-to-the-land movement of the '70s, but over 40 years later, they're still going strong.

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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory has been counting migrants on the ridge for two weeks already, the sun is setting before 8pm and reds and yellows are popping up in all kinds of trees and bushes.

Author and naturalist Larry Weber says goodbye to August and hello to autumn.

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