Environment & Outdoors

Northland College

After 32 years working for Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven is no stranger to politics.

That's just one of the skills that will serve him well in his new position as coordinator of the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute's Timber Wolf Alliance program.

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A man who's seen the effects of climate change first hand talked to Iron Rangers and guests last week at the Iron Range Convening.

Produced by Climate Generation, the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability,  Will Steger was the keynote speaker for the event, an opportunity to not only talk about climate change, but share ideas on how to combat it.

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Not surprisingly, Minnesota anglers love fishing for trophy-sized Northern Pike.

But they're taking the big fish out of lakes faster than they can replace themselves.

The solution isn't one-size-fits-all; and the DNR is proposing three zones in Minnesota, with regulations tailored to fit each.

You can learn more and leave comments here.

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber says with the coming of the autumnal equinox, living things start thinking ahead to how they will cope with the coming winter.

There are four methods: which one/s will you employ?

Alliance for the Great Lakes

You may applaud the folks you see out cleaning up the beach this coming Saturday morning, but they're doing more than picking up garbage.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach cleanups are also an opportunity to collect data about what's littering our beaches and why.  Volunteers will determining how much trash is on the beach, what it's made up of, where it was found and how much it all weighs, and that information could help improve the health of all the Great Lakes.

Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability

If you want folks to learn about lakes, perhaps the best way is to hold the meeting on a beach.  In July.  And then give them all nets and send them in search of the lake creatures you've just told them about.

The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability is holding monthly get-togethers to help folks understand the resources they cherish, everything from lakes to locally-grown food to clean energy.

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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!

Anita Ritenour

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." 

Ears of sweet corn
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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.

Elsewhere Farm/Clare Hintz

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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