Environment & Outdoors

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.

©Bird Watching Daily

UMD's Dr. Gerald Niemi has seen a lot of changes in the St. Louis River since he began researching birds and their habitat there in the '70s.

©lisa johnson/Thorsburg Photography

45 years after Iron Eyes Cody famously wept a single tear in a Keep America Beautiful public service announcement, do we finally "get it" when it comes to keeping the earth clean?

Ian Griffiths/Flickr

Frogs are calling, red maples are flowering, painted turtles are crowding logs to bask in the (scarce) sun ... 

and it's raining and cold.  Again.

Geospatial Analysis Center, UMD

How do you make the most of your potential?

One word: software.

What if you could click the mouse a time or two and find out if you had anything to gain at your house from solar energy?

Meg Lessard (via Flickr)

  With the arrival of spring, the ground thaws, the rains and melting snow are soaking into the gardens and lawns throughout the Northland. 

   As the perennials appear, gardeners would be advised to step lightly for the time being so as not to compact the wet soil.

Laurette.C/Flickr, Web MD LLC.

The first wildflowers are in bloom! Hepatica gets its name from the Greek hepar, for 'liver' referring to the shape of the leaves.  And of course it's an easy intellectual jump from there that the plant would be good for treating liver ailments.

Duck date: this photo was taken just after the mallard drake showcased one of his smooth moves for the hen.  Larry says unique courtship displays help prevent cross-species breeding: who woulda thunk it?

Seabrooke Leckie/Flickr

Larry Weber says the brakes Mother Nature put on spring so far this month are a three-part blessing:

1) the snow lessens the danger of fire, which is usually a problem in April

2) the snow slows down the ticks, which also begin to create problems in April

3) the wet snows create a lot of moisture which flows into vernal ponds, making frogs - and Larry - very happy!

St. Louis River Alliance

In connection with the community-wide One River, Many Stories project, Green Visions will be looking at the St. Louis River during April.

This week, it's the St. Louis River Alliance's Sentry Program, offering citizen-scientists the opportunity to get some intensive training and then go forth and watch for invasive species in the waters of the St. Louis River.

Fyn Kynd Photography/Flickr

Eric Chandler sits in for Larry this week with a story about three generations enjoying the songs of the woodcock at dusk ... and hanging out with dad.

©Carol Andrews

Charged with subbing for Larry Weber this week, Carol Andrews* got out and took a walk before sunrise (see photo).  She's got the scoop on the furred, the feathered and the phenological this morning.

The Minnesota DNR's pilot project with same-day reservations and more self-service options was a success, so this year, all campsites in state parks will be reservable (only about 2/3 of the campsites are reservable now) and they'll be gearing up for same-day reservations all summer long.  Walk-ins, though, are still welcome!

More information can be found here. And when the DNR knows what date in May the system will go online, they'll let folks know on this web page.

Pages