Green Visions

We speak with Dr. Liz Hill, a UMD Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, about the Sustainability Education Summit happening this Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

© Minnesota Power

Our guest today is Paul Helstrom, the Renewable Program Lead at MN Power, whose job is to create a more user friendly renewable energy program for MN Power and our community.  He joins us to share more about their community solar program.

River with islands in the middle and a town on the far side
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program

There's something called the Lake Superior Estuarium opening on Barker's Island. What's an estuarium, you ask? Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, joined Lisa Johnson to answer that question and tell us more. 

©Chad Richardson, International Wolf Center

It's not so much "who's afraid of the big, bad wolf" as it is who the big, bad wolf is afraid of.

Whether is was a bee sting or some other cub-hood trauma, Boltz, part of the International Wolf Center's ambassador pack, is afraid of flying insets.

Really afraid.

So while the staff at the Center may grin and roll their eyes a bit, they're taking it seriously.  Because among wolves, there are serious consequences for pack members who don't "act normal."

Amy/Flickr

I wish I had the means

to give all the north back to itself, to let the pines

rise in the hayfield and the lilacs go wild.

But then where would we live?

                        from Hartley Field by Connie Wanek

Few things, perhaps, go so well with a walk in the woods as poetry.

Wildwoods

Wildwoods Rehabilitation raised some eyebrows last month after posting a video of a pigeon seizing from Avitrol poisoning.

The bird recovered with treatment and was released a few days later, but Tara Smith of Wildwoods says "With so many humane ways to evict unwanted wildlife there really is no excuse" to use poisons like Avitrol.

Great Lakes Now

When US and Canadian governments and industry, academic and nongovernmental stakeholders gathered earlier this summer for the Great Lakes Crude Move Oil Transportation Symposium, they didn't shy away from any of the hard questions.

Duluth For Clean Water

The controversy over the proposed Polymet mine is heated, to say the least.  It's often framed (among other things) as jobs v. the environment or the Iron Range v. the Twin Cities.

But in the middle - geographically and, to an extent, philosophically - is Duluth and Duluth for Clean Water. 

Friends of the Bird Sanctuary (FOTBS) of the Douglas County Wildlife Area in Gordon, Wisconsin invites members and the community to Barrens Fest 2017, a celebration of the globally significant landscape of Northwest Wisconsin.  The event is this afternoon (Wednesday July 19) from 3 pm to 6:30 pm at the Clubhouse of the Douglas County Wildlife Area, located between Solon Springs and Gordon, Wisconsin. The festival is free and open to the public. A picnic supper will be hosted by FOTBS at 6:00 p.m.

Cafe Scientifique Twin Ports

Here's how (very loosely) the scientific method works:

  • Ask a question about something you observe.
  • Do some background research.
  • Develop an educated guess about why or how things happen.
  • Test your guess (hypotheses) through experimentation.
  • Analyze your data and draw a conclusion.
  • Then either communicate your results or back up and draw a new hypotheses with the new information.

At any rate ... it's more fun in a group - especially when it comes to debating the whys and wherefores and the conclusions. 

© Lisa Johnson

Ever since the '90s, folks have been gathering the third week in July to recognize Lake Superior and the environmental concerns surrounding it ... and to celebrate the successes.

This year's Lake Superior Day (Days?)  is no different, with educational sessions at the Maritime Visitors Center Friday and Saturday and a whole passel of kid-friendly activities on Sunday.

Sean Gillies/Flickr

Efforts to develop disease-tolerant elm trees have been in high gear ever since the majestic trees started being lost to Dutch elm disease in the '30s.

Now USDA Forest Service scientists are inoculating more than 1200 research American elms with Dutch elm disease, and if the trees can fight it off, you might even be able to plant elms in your yard again.

WIldwoods Rehabilitation

How could anyone with a heart resist an "abandoned" fawn or a baby bird flopping helplessly on the ground?

The compassion isn't the problem at this time of year; the problem is what you don't know you don't know in order to really help.

Luckily for us, Wildwoods is there - on the phone or online - to help.

Copyright Wolf Ridge ELC. Used with permission.

The ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremony this weekend for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center's dormitory renovations and the new staff space isn't the real story; the real story is the first Living Building in Minnesota, a project the executive director says is inspirational ... and groundbreaking.

Shawna Weaver

When we heard on Earthwise Radio this week that communing with nature makes us feel better, it probably wasn't a surprise.

But the why might surprise you.  Who woulda thunk that it's the structured, predictable nature of, well, nature that appeals to us?

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