Environment & Outdoors

Adam Hinterthuer

This week on The Sea Grant Files we hear about the causes, threats and tracking of blue-green algae blooms.  On the heels of a large algae bloom in Lake Superior last summer,  there is a new App launched called bloomWatch, that  you can use to report sightings of Cyanobacteria algae blooms and be a part of future scientific research helping to understand  harmful patterns.  

Check it out

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Lisa Johnson

The Chicago Cubs weren't the only bears in the news this week -- as so often happens, there was a black bear in downtown Duluth getting a lot of press.

The warm temps and sunshine mean get out into the toolies and look at stuff this weekend, but Larry Weber says folks around his place are wearing blaze orange, just to be on the safe side -- even in their own yards!

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Why isn't there a "Yurts 'R' Us"?

Where do yurts come from, anyway?

Hartley Nature Center still has some unanswered questions after July storms destroyed their yurt, but the 100 schoolkids on their way to Hartley for a field trip today will get to enjoy the new yurt in all its 30' in diameter glory.  Plus it will be open as a learning space for kids year 'round: out at Hartley they also have a lifetime supply of firewood for the yurt's wood-burning stove.

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It's that time again when a young buck's thoughts lightly turn to love ... and running across the road in front of speeding motorists.

When are you most at risk,  what you should  check on with regard to your insurance coverage and where the insurance companies and the Minnesota State Patrol part company, philosophically speaking.

In related news ...

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Master gardener Tom Kasper draws some flack for not being on top of the national pumpkin conversations this week.

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Aut-win continues apace and with it, the dance of the crane flies and the appearance of the World Series moths.

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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.

Lisa Johnson

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. 

Lisa Johnson

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.

Philip Hoffman

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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