Environment & Outdoors

Professor Allen Mensinger / Department of Biology, Swenson College of Science and Engineering

It turns out silver carp really don't like the sound of outboard motors.

The invasive "flying fish," shown in so many online videos hurling itself out of the water and into the faces and boats of unsuspecting anglers, are leaping to escape the sound of boat motors.  And with that discovery comes what could be the key to keeping them away from the Great Lakes.

Brooke Vetter, the UMD graduate student in Integrated Biosciences who made the discovery, talks about how she found out and what her discovery could mean to stop the carp's northern expansion.

Saturday was the 10th Annual World Naked Gardening Day, according to the folks who came up with it (and it's a pretty good bet they're not from Minnesota!) and Tom Kasper reveals his ... thoughts on that and our lack of rain!

Mraz Center for the Performing Arts

"Tra la, it's May, the lusty month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray...
"

"The Lusty Month of May" (From "Camelot") was written by Lerner and Loewe

Larry Weber elects not to sing, but he's got our April wrap-up (warmer and drier than usual), the word on spring wildflowers (wetter woods would help them) and a look back (on this date in 2013 and 2014, there was still ice on the lakes and snow on the ground in many places!).

 

Sharon Mollerus/Flickr

Duluth began experimenting with "public edible landscaping in 2012 when the Park Maintenance Division organized the planting of apple and cherry trees in public parks.

That project has led to an effort called "Edible Duluth," a push to develop sustainable and maintained "edible landscapes" of fruit trees and vegetables on public property.

Thorsburg Photography

National - and international - attention made the Apostle Island National Lakeshore and its ice caves the most visited national park in the country for a time in 2014.

But, caught by surprise, Park Service resources were stretched to the breaking point and beyond.  Bob Krumenaker, the National Park Superintendent for the park says they needed  a plan.

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"Uvularia grandiflora" (Large-Flowered Bellwort or merrybells), "Uvularia sessilifolia" (Sessile-leafBellwort) and "Trientalis borealis"  (Starflower) are just a few of the Latin names for spring ephemerals*   that Carol Andrews says we can grow at home.  Don't know much about spring ephemerals?  She recommends spending more time lying down in the woods.  Carol Andrews is the president of the Wild Ones Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter.

* from the Greek ephēmeros  "lasting a day."

Brendan Lally

Larry Weber talks with us this morning about the imminent arrival of spring.  Some new buds and leaves are appearing in the smaller shrubs, and he's seen some fiddleheads as well.  Among the returning birds are the hermit thrush, the Louisiana water thrush and the towhee (pictured).  Also, signs of activity from the ground squirrels, moles, dragonflies and snakes. 

4/23 UMD Wind Turbine

Apr 23, 2015
Brett Groehler, photography director / University of Minnesota Duluth

It's sits on a 65' pole but descends for maintenance.  It's quiet, high-efficiency, generates electricity and several UMD students and staff are working to make sure it doesn't harm birds. 

UMD celebrated Earth Day in grand style with the unveiling of a wind turbine at the University's farm.  It's a pilot project with new wind turbine technology and many diverse University departments all working together.  UMD's Sustainability Director Mindy Granley explains.

4/23 UMD Wind Turbine

Apr 23, 2015
Brett Groehler, photography director / University of Minnesota Duluth

It's quiet, it's efficient, it shouldn't wear out and it even collapses for easier access if it needs to be looked at.  They flipped the switch on the UMD farm's new wind turbine on Earth Day, and Mindy Granley, UMD's Sustainability Director, says the project could be one of those win/win/win partnerships for the turbine's manufacturer, Windtech; UMD and UMD students in a variety of disciplines.

There's a move afoot to do something kind of unusual in northeastern Minnesota: create a state game refuge on Butterball Lake in east-central St. Louis County.  The idea is to create a resting and feeding place for migratory waterfowl in the fall.  But it would only be closed to hunting and trapping between September 1 and November 25 every year.  Melissa Thompson is a Shallow Lakes Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and she tells us more. 

4/22 Earth Day at UMD

Apr 22, 2015

UMD is celebrating Earth Day in a big way; BreAnn Graber joined us this morning to talk about Beautiful U here on campus!

Pupparazzi - Companion Animal Photography

Master Gardener Tom Kasper says we can use the rainy/snowy cool days expected for this week to gently remove the remains of last year's perennials from the new emerging shoots.  And he says we can use rotten-egg-smelling sprays and blood or bone meal to repel/terrify deer and squirrels from ever returning to our yards!

Lisa Johnson

Larry Weber talks about the nomination of his book, "Backyard Almanac: 365 Days of Northern Natural History"  for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and the new birds, bees and frogs he's seen and heard this week.

Lisa Johnson

Tips for Hardy Gardeners host Tom Kasper joins us this morning to talk about plants and gardening for apartments and senior living situations, Mother's Day gifts and his own generous offer for members who pledge their support this morning on Northland Morning!

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!

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