Environment & Outdoors

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!

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!

Flickr/Viewminder

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.

Charlie Goudreault

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.

Flickr/ Todd Pierson

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.

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