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Even if you don't understand a word your friend Jeremiah the bullfrog says, the DNR still wants you to listen to him.  

Actually, they're looking for volunteers all across the state to spend  a little time this weekend being "citizen scientists" and, just as with various bird counts through the year, listening for frog and toad calls and jotting down data. (And there are still some routes open up here in our neck of the woods)

This is the 21st year of the survey - and the statewide volunteers who make it possible.  And this year, there's even an app.

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It's mud season.

Which has Minnesotans thinking about spring which has them thinking about summer which has them thinking about being outside.

This year, the Minnesota State Parks and Trails unveil a new park, a new bison, and a variety of times and places to get yourself seriously sticky.

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.

Photo by Jill Utrup

It's a tiny little butterfly; only about an inch wide.

So you may not have noticed that the Karner Blue Butterfly hasn't been seen in Minnesota in the last decade.

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Deer hunters who had to spend almost as much time hunting through the Minnesota DNR's web site for the information they wanted, take heart - the DNR's new interactive map - and the "detailed report" link - puts everything you need to know just a click away.

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Not surprisingly, Minnesota anglers love fishing for trophy-sized Northern Pike.

But they're taking the big fish out of lakes faster than they can replace themselves.

The solution isn't one-size-fits-all; and the DNR is proposing three zones in Minnesota, with regulations tailored to fit each.

You can learn more and leave comments here.