Environment & Outdoors

Spending the day at the beach? Catch the Park Point Beach Report every weekday at 11 am on KUMD as we bring you the latest beach conditions from water temperature to rip current risk. Park Point Beach Report is brought to you by KUMD and the Minnesota Sea Grant. Have a safe and happy summer. 

The Park Point Beach Report will run through Friday, September 2.

Mandy Uhrich

When it comes to fishing, let's face it: many men just take it way too seriously.  (Remember the grumpy dads who made you sit in absolute silence for hours?)

How can women learn to fish if they don't want to have it "mansplained" to them?

Simple: the Minnesota DNR has the oldest - and largest (with 130 different programs) in its BOLD (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) program.

Tom Kasper is pretty excited about some of the new easy care roses, including the two pictured here: The Winnipeg Parks rose and the Como Park rose.

Back in 1936 over a ten day period in July, Duluth set seven record high temperatures that still stand - including 106 on July 13.

And that was back in the days when they took the temperature readings down by the lake.

Uff-da.

Brent Reimnitz/Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Back in 1966, Twin Metals Minnesota was granted a pair of federal mineral leases, one of which includes land within a quarter mile of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

They're up for renewal now, and the US Forest Service wants to hear from the public before they make a recommendation. 

Bird eggs hatching
Lisa Johnson

Fireflies are out, so are baby mammals, insects, and the things that eat insects.

And Larry Weber says July is the month of fledglings.

Post Foods

Folks of a certain age remember snickering over Euell Gibbons' TV commercials for cereal in the early '70s, but the celebrated forager and author of numerous books on edible wild plants was on to something.

National Weather Service

Rip currents claim more lives on the Great Lakes every year than tornados, lightning or floods.  That's according to the UW-Madison professor who's installed an underwater wave pressure sensor along Park Point beach to help detect the deadly currents. 

For more information on rip currents, you can check out the National Weather Service's Rip Currents Safety Page

Bill Dickinson/Flickr

You know how, a couple of times a year, school (sometimes the whole city) shuts down and everyone is told to stay home for a snow day?

Tom Kasper, a regular feature host on Northland Morning (called "an epicenter of social change") says he could absolutely get behind the idea of everything shutting down and being told to stay home on a sunny, 75 degree day - to garden.

© Windslash (via flickr)

Last-minute spring rainstorms ushered in our first week of summer.  Animals are busy: fireflies are out, some breeding birds are beginning their second brood, particularly robins and phoebes. Gray tree fogs are still making noise, and summer will also bring the calls of mink frogs and green frogs.  Turtles, butterflies and some cicadas are emerging as well.

J. Stephen Conn/Flickr

Larry Weber joins us from northeastern Nebraska this morning.  500 miles south of Duluth,  the berries that are just blooming here are ripe there.  In other words ... Larry is joining us from summer.

©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:

Flickr

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.

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