Environment & Outdoors

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.

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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.

Cut a stake off a tree or shrub, pound it into the ground and voila!  A new tree or shrub?  Sometimes, yes.  More information on "live stakes" from Carol Andrews, president of the Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter of Wild Ones.

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Author, educator and naturalist Larry Weber wraps up March for us: it's been warmer than normal and we have only half the moisture we should have.  Returning this week: sandhill cranes, grackles, cormorants, silver maple blooms -- and ballooning baby spiders!

Shaye Moris is the executive director of the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. She talks about their work keeping food out of the landfills and into hungry Northlanders.

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"To bee ... or not to bee.  That is the question ..."

Tom Kasper talks about dandelions - a weed in your yard but food for bees.

Author, naturalist and educator Larry Weber talks about this week's amazing northern lights and introduces us to the companion of his famous season Aut-Win: Win-Sprin!

Kim LaBo of the Healthy Legacy Coalition talks about a bill before the Minnesota Legislature that would make sure the public has information about any children's product that might contain toxic chemicals. 

3/18/15 Electric Buses

Mar 18, 2015
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A recent federal grant to the Duluth Transit Authority will bring some new improvements to the DTA fleet.  Two words: electric buses.  DTA Director Jim Heilig explains.

Outdoor enthusiast Bryan French on maple syrup - and another bizarre place to find edible sap.

Author and naturalist Larry Weber says the last five springs have been very unusual: either dryer and warmer than usual or colder and snowier.

MPIRG - Minnesota Public Interest Research Group

Whitney Morgan heads the Environmental Task Force at UMD's MPIRG chapter (MN Public Interest Research Group) and she says the organization offers a lot of varied learning experiences.

Hartley Nature Center

Tom O'Rourke, executive director of Hartley Nature Center, describes what the $600 thousand dollar award will do for park improvements.

UMD's Alison Hoxie is a professor of Renewable Energy Systems at UMD and she talks about UMD's small wind turbine project.

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