Environment & Outdoors

 Kelly Wallin, head mechanic for the Bike Cave in Duluth, talks about how the Bike Cave creates access to bicycles for everyone.  Located at 1712 Jefferson Street, it is run completely by volunteers and functions on a skill-trade system. Those who wish to build a bicycle can trade parts, knowledge, volunteer hours or even food for the community as payment for a bicycle. 

 Tom O'Rourke, outdoor enthusiast and executive director of the Hartley Nature Center, talks about two North Shore reads for the summer, North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota's Superior Coast by Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer, a colorful exploration of the natural history and ongoing factors that currently shape the region, and The Lighthouse Road: A Novel by Peter Geye set along the North Shore in the early twentieth century.

  Sitting in for Carol Andrews this week is John Pastor, who talks about juneberries, their variety, and their flowering and fruit ripening habits.

John Pastor is a UMD Professor of Biology and author of What Should a Clever Moose Eat?: Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods, to be published in February 2016 by Island Press. 

 Bioneers: Revolution in the Heart of Nature is a special environmental series airing on KUMD all summer.  This week hear how building community and social movements can be a path to adaptation and resillience according to environmental activist Danny Glover and former CEO of Green For All  Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. 

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 All Summer KUMD is airing the voices of leadership on climate change.  Monday at 7 p.m. we bring you the special radio series Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature. In episode 1, Listen as Nalini Nadkarni shares her discoveries about the forest canopy, both scientific and inspirational.

 

Wildwoods Rehabilitation

If Laura Erickson has taught us anything over the last almost-thirty years, it's that animals think - and act - like animals, not humans.  So when we see the baby fawn all alone or the little bird out of it's nest, our human oh-my-gosh-it's-an-infant-alone-in-the-woods instinct kicks in and we rush to help.  

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Larry Weber's walks this week turned up more trees in bloom, blossoms of wild rose and honeysuckle, new June wildflowers away from the woods and out in the open ... and a baby porcupine, which he did not try to pick up!

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It turns out that the same kinds of habitat that benefits endangered pollinators like monarchs and bees are also good for pheasants.  And even though we're a little north and east of the prairie grassland that all three prefer, David Lood, youth events coordinator for the St. Louis/Carlton County Pheasants Forever chapter says the habitat restoration projects kids are working on educates them about the natural world and gets them outside.

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There was supposed to be a romance down on Park Point.  It was touted as the kind of love story that's not been seen in these parts for over 30 years, and the St. Louis River Alliance wanted the public to steer clear for a while and give the couple some space.

But it was a case of mistaken identity.

Tom Kasper survived the knock-down, drag-out Duluth Garden and Flower Society plant sale last weekend ... now he has a little time to rest and recuperate before the Master Gardeners of St. Louis County's sale June 13.  And he's even reasonably hopeful that our freeze warnings should be over now and we can start putting things in the ground!

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That car, doing 10 mph down the road and weaving a little bit, as though the driver's not paying attention?

Naturalist Larry Weber says that's him, gawking at spring.

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You know those YouTube videos showing people on bikes hurtling down rocky cliffs and jumping gorges?

COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores) wants to build one.

COGGS and Spirit Mountain made it to the final round of the Bell Helmets grant competition.  At stake is $100,000 to fund a trail building project, and if COGGS wins, Duluth Mayor Don Ness will ask the city council for an additional $50,000 for the project.

Pam Schmitt of COGGS explains.

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Outdoor enthusiast and dad Tom O'Rourke (he's also the executive director of the Hartley Nature Center) says there's a way to plan, survive and even enjoy camping trips with your kids.  Spoiler alert: minimalism is not always a good thing, a little free-range parenting IS a good thing,  and never use the word "hiking"!

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Carol Andrews has a list of bloomin' wild plants (from short to tall) that may already be growing in your yard.

(Oh, and if you want to eat your pin-cherries, they're kind of sour.  Carol says recipes start with a 50/50 ratio of berries to sugar!)

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Skip work today.  Play hooky.

That's the word from Backyard Almanac's naturalist, educator and radio host, Larry Weber.

There are 26 species of warblers to identify, yellow lady slipper orchids to go in search of, red-winged blackbirds and black-winged red birds to enjoy, and "in addition to that", it's "toad time."

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