Environment & Outdoors

Author and naturalist Larry Weber is back in his own backyard this week, enjoying the flowering of the mid-summer wildflowers, the fledgling birds and particularly, berry season.  Oh, and he says we'll get a second full moon this month, and everyone knows that only happens once in a blue moon!

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Have you always wanted a trail in Duluth named after you?  If so, this is not your opportunity.  The city Parks and Rec Department is looking for something a little catchier than "the Lowell to Lakewalk trail" and they're asking for your ideas ... but there are a few ground rules.

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He hasn't made any effort to get into anyone's "pick-a-nick baskets," but the young bear hanging out on the northeast portion of Oak Island, including part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, is indicating he's not particularly afraid of humans and would be open to the opportunity.  Myra Foster tells us more.

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Carol Andrews waxes enthusiastic about the Michigan Lily, which is indeed native to our area, despite its name, and says it's a great addition to a rain garden.

Plus Juneberries are ready to help boost your brain power.  Carol says all you have to do is look up.

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber joins us from Crested Butte, Colorado, where he's taking in the Wildflower Festival and enjoying some new flora and fauna.

It's the Annual Secret Garden Tour this weekend and the Duluth Garden Flower Society has been holding them for 20 years.  But our man on the inside, DGFS president Tom Kasper, knows the secret of the Secret Garden Tours.

Take a look at the news release for the Minnesota Pollution Control's upcoming public meeting: "Magnetation draft permit public meeting scheduled" and you're  lost almost as soon as you start reading.  But it turns out, these public meetings, held frequently around the state by the MPCA and other state agencies for a variety of proposals, projects and drafted documentation, are not as impenetrable as they might seem.  Not only can attendees learn a lot, they can have valuable feedback.

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The group Mining Truth's new ad is aimed squarely at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.  Aaron Klemz, a spokesman for the group, says the governor is ultimately the decision maker when it comes to Polymet's proposed sulfide mine.  Even so, Klemz says he hasn't given up on the idea that the public can have a voice in the outcome.

This week on Bioneers, Associate Professor of Ecology and Conservation Justin Brashares shares stories from Africa painting a picture of nature out of balance.  And author Mary Ellen Hannibal speaks about how inspiring citizen scientists are restoring health to “the spine of the continent” from Alaska to Mexico.

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Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is a summer series on KUMD bringing you voices of leadership in the fight for a sustainable planet. This episode illustrates Cosmomimicry with words from David McConville of the Buckminster Fuller Institute reminding us that is is all a matter of perspective. “If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do, then how would I be and what would I do?” asked visionary designer Buckminster Fuller.  

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In honor of the U.S. women's soccer team's 2015 World Cup title, Carol Andrews presents, for our consideration: the cup plant.

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber wraps up out June weather (a little bit warmer and drier than usual) and trots out some plain brown butterflies with exotic and lovely names: Little Wood-Satyr, Ringlet and Northern Pearly-eye. 

And in other news, the elusive Larry Weber was captured on camera, working on a survey of the Sax-Zim Bog!

Lake Superior is truly the greatest of the Great Lakes, especially where water quality is concerned.  And some Park Point beaches have even earned the title "Superstar Beach" for their cleanliness.

But sometimes, as Cindy Hakala from the Minnesota Department of Health advises, the bacteria count in the water at a beach goes up .... and that's partly because its cause rolls down hill.

You can find information on bacteria advisories, and a host of other useful information about Park Point beaches here.

Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is on Monday nights at 7pm over the summer. This week Bioneers welcomes clean energy entrepreneur Billy Parish, founder of Mosaic, and banker Marco Krapels, co-founder of The Solutions Project.  They say we need clean energy democratization now and investment urgent and critical.  

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This spring's warm temperatures and occasional rains have made for perfect growing conditions ... but if you want to take a break from your own garden, there are a couple of garden tours you might be interested in.  There's more information about the Duluth Garden Flower Society's Secret Garden Tour here and the Duluth Community Garden Program's Tasteful Garden Tour here.

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