Environment & Outdoors

  

 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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Jason Bowler // Flickr

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.

Bryan French

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."

Photos by Brian Downing and Bryan French

Everytime you turn around, it seems, Duluth is out-performing other cities twice its size.

Here's another example:  Duluth it's 13th in the nation of cities with bicycle-friendly businesses.  And if you break it down to businesses-per-capita, it ranks first.

Healthy Duluth Coalition has presented awards to the most bicycle-friendly businesses in the city, and Active Transportation Coordinator Shawna Mullen Early says nominees were evaluated by the Four E's of Bicycling: education, encouragement, engineering and evaluation.

Northlanders can join the international March on Monsanto this Saturday.  The multinational agrochemical corporation is under fire for, among other things,  genetically modified seeds and the herbicide Roundup, found by the World Health Organization to be a "probably carcinogen."

Abby Splittstoesser is the event organizer here in Duluth.  And while she agrees the protests won't shutter Monsanto, she says there is a surprising amount of change people can effect right here in the Northland.

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Ice-out actually happened before the Minnesota fishing opener this year ... the water is warm and the fish are active.   John Chalstrom of Chalstrom Bait says there are always new baits and lures coming out ... but he's still recommending the classics.

There are three big garden sales coming up in the next few weeks: the Duluth Community Garden Program's Annual Plant Sale,  the Duluth Garden and Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale, and the Carlton County Master Gardener's Plant Sale.   Tom Kasper, himself a master gardener and plant sale veteran, offers behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to insure you get the pla

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