Nature

There are TWO opportunities this weekend to participate in a detailed look at the natural world in the Northland.  It is BioBlitz weekend at the Sax-Zim Bog and at Hawk Ridge.   The two events will allow the avid naturalist and outdoor enthusiast to explore familiar sites with greater detail.

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?

University of Minnesota Press

  MN Reads talks with Sue Leaf, author of Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life, published in 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press.  Reflecting on many years of travel by canoe with friends and family in this collection of essays organized by trip, Sue writes of a larger journey of resiliency and awareness of the natural beauty that has surrounded her.

nancybeetoo (via Flickr)

  Author and naturalist Larry Weber notes how the late summer rains have brought an abundance of mushrooms. Glowworms have been out and about.  The trees are starting to change color as fall moves in, and with fall comes the migration of birds – some say the greatest in recent memory.  Both raptors (hawks, eagles) and non-raptors (Canada geese, warblers and blue jays, et al.) have been sighted. Snakes too!

Brendan Lally

Larry Weber talks with us this morning about the imminent arrival of spring.  Some new buds and leaves are appearing in the smaller shrubs, and he's seen some fiddleheads as well.  Among the returning birds are the hermit thrush, the Louisiana water thrush and the towhee (pictured).  Also, signs of activity from the ground squirrels, moles, dragonflies and snakes. 

Women's Words on April 19, 2015 features Kirsten Dierking reading two poems, "Lilacs" and "Nuthatch" from her poetry collection ,Tether, released by Spout Press in June of 2013.

Women's Words on April 5, 2015 featured Kirsten Dierking reading two poems, "Wilderness" and "Kayak" from her poetry collection , Tether, released by Spout Press in June of 2013.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa this month features Larry Amik Smallwood, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who discusses (in both Ojibwe and English) about the awakening natural world around us, and the messages that nature gives us. Topics include net-fishing, deer hunting, blue jays, owls, maple-sugaring, and wild rice.

 

5/20 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Listening to Nature