Environment & Outdoors

Lisa Johnson

Hartley Nature Center's Tom O'Rourke joins us this morning to talk about membership, community and the importance of the great outdoors!

Larry Weber is an educator, naturalist and author and he's our guest every Friday for Backyard Almanac on Northland Morning.  In addition, we've got a few copies of his updated "Backyard Almanac" as a thank you gift with your membership at $60.00 or higher!

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Two weeks from today, community members will descend on Bayfront Park to celebrate Earth Day.  Rachel Loeffler-Kemp tells us more about the April 22 event.

For more information or to volunteer, you can sign up here.

This morning's conversation with Walt Raschick about Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival revealed information about "invasions" by the festival into the Iron Range and the Twin Cities.

Luckily, he was talking music and not buckthorn.  But City of Duluth Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Skafte says the Parks initiative to eradicate invasive species - and the formation of Rapid Response Teams - means business.

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2200 miles, two UMD Environmental Outdoor Education graduates and the Appalachian Trail. Keon Mostofi joins us in the studio to talk about his trip with  Charles Gouderault: whys, hows ... and "trail magic."

You can follow their journey on their Tumblr blog.

There are a lot of plant, tree and shrub sales coming up in the next month or so and master gardener Tom Kasper tells us how to get ready for all our new acquisitions.

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber celebrated what he called Awesome, Adventurous April with a thundershower, a boom in migration and the biggest surprise: a leopard frog out and about on his lake.

Wrenshall pork farmer Matt Weik joins us to talk about how fatal viruses spread in farm animals, and how he feels humane and anti-biotic free practices create healthier populations.

Cut a stake off a tree or shrub, pound it into the ground and voila!  A new tree or shrub?  Sometimes, yes.  More information on "live stakes" from Carol Andrews, president of the Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter of Wild Ones.

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Author, educator and naturalist Larry Weber wraps up March for us: it's been warmer than normal and we have only half the moisture we should have.  Returning this week: sandhill cranes, grackles, cormorants, silver maple blooms -- and ballooning baby spiders!

Shaye Moris is the executive director of the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. She talks about their work keeping food out of the landfills and into hungry Northlanders.

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"To bee ... or not to bee.  That is the question ..."

Tom Kasper talks about dandelions - a weed in your yard but food for bees.

Author, naturalist and educator Larry Weber talks about this week's amazing northern lights and introduces us to the companion of his famous season Aut-Win: Win-Sprin!

Kim LaBo of the Healthy Legacy Coalition talks about a bill before the Minnesota Legislature that would make sure the public has information about any children's product that might contain toxic chemicals. 

3/18/15 Electric Buses

Mar 18, 2015
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A recent federal grant to the Duluth Transit Authority will bring some new improvements to the DTA fleet.  Two words: electric buses.  DTA Director Jim Heilig explains.

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