Environment & Outdoors

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 ...

©lisa johnson/Thorsburg Photography

    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:

Judy Baxter/Flickr

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. 

Matt Stratmoen/Flickr

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.

paige_eliz/Flickr

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.)

ashoutofdoors.blogspot.com

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.

KUMD

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

Allissa Stutte

Allisa Stutte, Andy Butter and Evan Flom met at college - Northland College in Ashland.

Now they're putting their environmental ethos - and their friendship to the test buy spending the summer circumnavigating Lake Superior - at a run.

Find out more about the Our Shores Ultrarun here:

Teresa Boardman/Flickr

Tra-la!  It's May!  And Larry Weber reports the spring ephemerals are in full bloom and Jay Cooke State Park is the place to see them.

Kenny Phung/Flickr

A Save the Monarch Festival is winging its way to the Northland May 21st ... and Tom Kasper is already encouraging gardeners to make preparations (whatever they might be) for the Duluth Garden and Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale, May 28.

Michael Kensinger, Jeff Hahn

For the first time in 14 months - since February 2015 - we've had a month that's cooler than normal.

Pages