Environment & Outdoors

©Wildwoods Rehabilitation

Turtles are on the move throughout Minnesota, foolishly (or so it seems to humans) looking for that warm sandy soil on the shoulders of roads to lay their eggs.  Turtle-car collisions often end in tragedy for the turtle, but Wildwoods Rehabilitation says they're tougher than you might think.

How to move a turtle:

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Master gardener Tom Kasper says not only is there still time to get your garden in ... tender new plants will be much less stressed and do better going into the ground when it's cool and wet (as opposed to sunny and dry).

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union

Chances are Larry Weber is keeping paper records - he's old-school like that - but he's been a busy fellow regardless this week.

For more information on the Minnesota DNR's breeding bird survey, start here

For more information on the Minnesota Frog and Toad Calling Survey (there are even recordings you can listen to!), click here.

©Kristen Pless

Dan Schutte is a self-professed insect enthusiast and fan of native plants, and those passions have led to his interest in monarch butterflies, their migration and how perilously close they are to extinction.  His wife, Kristen Pless, is an artist interested in historic processes for photographing developing, and together, they will be opening Kristen's exhibit,  Monarchs: Photographs from the Reserves, this Saturday (6/11) at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Here's the thing about blue-green algae:  it's really a cyanobacteria.  You can't identify it by sight or smell, but it could make you sick.  Unless you're a dog, in which case, it could kill you.

Larry Weber on our rainy season: two-thirds of all the precipitation we get comes between May and September ... and most of that comes in June.

The annuals and vegetables are going into the ground - along with the haul from some recent local plant sales - and the game of wits between gardeners and deer and rabbits begins another season ...

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    Less than half the normal amount of rain for May this year?

  But is it really fair to make up the deficit over a holiday weekend??

©Hansi Johnson

Designating the St. Louis River a National Water Trail is a chance to move the conversation around the river from phrases like "area of concern" and "Superfund site" to something positive.

Which is why Hansi Johnson, director of Recreational Lands for the Minnesota Land Trust is quick to scotch rumors that anyone's access to the river will be affected.

You can find out more about the National Water Trail designation and submit your comments and questions here:

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Fire seasons now are about two and a half months longer than they were in 1970.

The average number of acres burned in wildfires each year has doubled in 1980.

The effects of climate change are showing up in our forest fires, says the USDA. 

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Larry runs down the numbers for us on our cooler-than-usual May so far ... and he and Laura Erickson were charmed by the same bird this week.

©Douglas County Humane Society

A baby bison in Yellowstone was euthanized this week after a visitor to the park thought it had become separated from its mother and put the calf in his car.

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Tom Kasper reminds hardy gardeners about the two big gardening events on the way: the Monarch Butterfly Festival this Saturday (May 21) and the Duluth Garden Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale the following Saturday (May 30.)

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Larry Weber spent the week teaching a Master Naturalist class at the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center and trekking his students into the woods to see spring ephemerals, warblers, budding trees and mosquitos - the larval and pupal forms thereof.

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Ever since May 12, 1986, Laura Erickson has been our "pocket field guide" to the birds of the Northland.

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