Environment & Outdoors

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It makes perfect sense when you think about it.

Everything rolls downhill.

So, depending on the landscape, it may end up in the nearest lake.  In our case, that's Lake Superior.

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Minnesota Sea Grant celebrates 50 years of the National Sea Grant organization and the early instigators like Athelstan Spilhaus in this week's episode of The Sea Grant Files.  Listen to the time-capsule that has brought us 50 years of scientific water research and environmental leadership in the Great Lakes region based here in Duluth. Since 1966 "Sea Grant has supported graduate education through grants and fellowships, helping America's top graduates prepare for careers in coastal science and policy." ~National Sea Grant website.

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Larry Weber says it's tamarack time!!  He's also spotted ballooning baby spiders, "World Series" moths and shaggy-name mushrooms.

If those names confuse you, it's ok: you've just entered the season of Aut-Win.

There's the potential for a fascinating confluence right here in Minnesota: energy efficiency, the development of solar power ... and a unique way to effect social change based on a model in use in rural India.

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In the Autumn a young gardener's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of rose-tipping, planting spring bulbs and garlic.

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Phase one is the showy fall color of September trees.

Phase two is the yellow gold of the aspens at the beginning of October.

Last but not least: phase three.  The tamaracks show up everyone else with their show mid-October. 

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No one's figured out how to literally plug in students and run lights and power from their boundless energy ... but UMD is coming close.

In addition to all new and renovated buildings being LEED-certified  (like Cina Hall, seen here), Sustainability Month at UMD is designed to educate students and the community about the work and research being done on campus.

But the students already get it.  In fact, many of the new initiatives in their early stages are led by students.

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Is there a doctor in the house?  Yes, in fact Lake Superior has been undergoing a health check.  This week The Sea Grant Files welcomes Dr. Michael Sierszen, Research Ecologist with the United States EPA's Mid-Continent Ecology Division talks about the past month of research. Dr. Sierszen spent a large part of September aboard the EPA’s research vessel "Lake Guardian." To get the story behind the research we invited him to the studio so we can ask… “What on Earth were you doing out there?”

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Larry Weber almost never takes a vacation ... so when he requested a little time off, we dug into the archives for this program from October 9, 2015.  Have a listen to find out what it was like last year at this time!

Sneezeweed is still blooming in spots around the Northland.

Seriously.

Sneezeweed.

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Amy and Dave Freeman are not like a lot of couples.

For one thing, they just came back from a year spent living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a year - basically just the two of them and their sled dogs.  While many couples would find that much togetherness ringing a death knell for them, Amy says their relationship "is better when we're in the woods."

In fact, its an experience the wilderness educators and travelers say everyone should try - at least, for a few nights.

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Master gardener Tom Kasper is excited about all the new fruit trees folks are planting to replace trees downed in summer storms.

But the problem is, rabbits, mice and deer are excited about them, too.

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Larry Weber almost never takes a vacation ... so when he requested a little time off, we dug into the archives for this program from October 2, 2015.  Have a listen to find out what it was like last year at this time!

Larry says we had the third warmest September on record ... and that's good news for late season wildflowers like the New England Aster.

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Outdoorspeople, in particular, decry our modern dependence on technology and electronics.

Dr. Marcos Algara-Siller doesn't mess around.

He's an environmental engineer at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, and he's teaching a class on sustainability communication for environmental scientists - from Mexico - with Dr. David Syring of UMD's Anthropology department.

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