Environment & Outdoors

Lake Superior charter fishing is alive and well in Duluth in fact charter fishing here has a history dating back to 1909. If you are on a 32 foot Marinette charter fishing boat out of the Duluth Harbor, chances are that Peter Dahl’s your captain and John Meining is your deckhand. This week Sea Grant Files host Jesse Schomberg talks about the charter fishing on Lake Superior and “the catch of the day”. Sea Grant Files airs on KUMD alternate Tuesdays at 8:20 on Northland Morning. Check the audio and links below for more Sea Grant Files and the research of Minnesota Sea Grant.

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A thousand hawks migrating over Hawk Ridge, the leaves changing color - those are signs of the season that are easy to see.  But Larry Weber says if you're paying attention, you can find things like eyelash fungus on downed logs and something called pinwheel fungus that he's seen sprout out of a single pine needle!

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The aquarium needs cleaning and the kids have lost interest in the fish.  Or the frogs. Or the gecko. 

But flushing or dumping everything outside is a bad idea for two reasons:  one, it's inhumane for the animals and two, it's a really bad idea for the environment.

The same hardiness that makes milfoil and goldfish such great aquarium dwellers means they also excel as  invasive species. 

Lisa Johnson

Master Gardener Tom Kasper says now is the time to divide perennials - like peonies - and maybe even organize a swap with your friends.

In Larry's last report of the summer (next Thursday marks the equinox and the start of fall), he talks about the warmer- and wetter-than-average weather, glow worms, "beard fungus" and the joys of Hawk Ridge.

 

Minnesota Sea Grant kicks off a new season on Northland Morning with a look back at work from the summer.  The Minnesota Sea Grant summer intern Claire Freesmeier joins host Jesse Schomberg to share her work identifying our next potential invasive species threats like the golden mussel, Asian carp and others that lurk in the Great Lakes' future.

Catch The Sea Grant Files every other Tuesday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

The Sea Grant Files

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After an abundance of rain in recent days, naturalist Larry Weber says the weekend should be a fine time to get out and find mushrooms.  Late summer and early fall brings the beginning of fall colors, and many birds are starting to take wing, including hawks, flickers, blue jays, thrushes and turkeys. Even as temps start to turn cooler, many insects are still abundant, including green darner dragonflies, bees and butterflies. Larry has been hearing spring peepers and gray tree frogs in the woods, and the other day witnessed a new baby snapping turtle searching for the water.

Leading up to this Saturday's Lake Superior Harvest Festival at Bayfront Festival Park, we continue our KUMD Sustainability Week series talking with Jessica Fritsch of the Sierra Club, who will be one of the organizations at the festival this weekend.  The Sierra Club is one of the oldest environmental preservation organizations in the U.S., formed in the 1890s by renowned preservationist John Muir.

  

    Leading up to this Saturday's Lake Superior Harvest Festival at Bayfront Park, we continue our KUMD Sustainability Week series with a conversation with Sarah Lerohl, Environmental Program Coordinator at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) and we are talking about composting, and non-toxic homecare practices.

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  The soggy ground continues to bring the threat of black molds and powdery mildew, and gardeners need to be mindful of what flowers and plants to prune, and what to keep and possibly treat to prevent the return of these fungi next spring.

Despite the soggy ground, now is the time to divide perennials - irises and peonies, for example - to best prepare them for next year.  Dividing can help underperforming flowers to produce more and better blooms in  the coming seasons.

  Sustainability can be found many places in Duluth, including UMD's campus. Since its start in 2009, UMD's Sustainable Agriculture Project has made a lot of positive changes on campus, especially in the dining hall.

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  The annual Lake Superior Harvest Festival at the Bayfront Park is just around the corner.  We kick off KUMD's Sustainability Week with a conversation with Claire Hintz, the director of Lake Superior Harvest Festival, about what will be at the festival, notably tiny houses, an innovative and popular new way to practice sustainability.

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Larry Weber is perhaps the only person to get distracted from the pursuit of blackberries, just to watch insects enjoying goldenrod.

Hartley Nature Center

April showers bring May flowers ... and this year, July storms brought August fundraisers.

The community raised over $10,000 for Hartley Nature Center's Yurt Got Hurt event to restore damaged outdoor education centers, but the scramble to get the park back up and running for the over ten thousand kids who come through on field trips every year continues.

Luckily, so do offers of help from local volunteers.

Larry Weber says purple wildflowers abound in nature right now.

The Northland Morning host is inclined to believe that's a nod to her NFL football team, but the Northland Morning host is a little funny that way.

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