Green Visions

A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m.  Green Visions is brought to you by Duluth Grill and Heritage Window and Door.

Post Foods

Folks of a certain age remember snickering over Euell Gibbons' TV commercials for cereal in the early '70s, but the celebrated forager and author of numerous books on edible wild plants was on to something.

©Peter Ross

Peter Ross is a UMD Biology grad,  a largely self-taught artist,  and a man who loves the patterns he finds in nature.

He's also really looking forward to retirement when he can devote himself to painting full time.

©Wildwoods Rehabilitation

Turtles are on the move throughout Minnesota, foolishly (or so it seems to humans) looking for that warm sandy soil on the shoulders of roads to lay their eggs.  Turtle-car collisions often end in tragedy for the turtle, but Wildwoods Rehabilitation says they're tougher than you might think.

How to move a turtle:

©Kristen Pless

Dan Schutte is a self-professed insect enthusiast and fan of native plants, and those passions have led to his interest in monarch butterflies, their migration and how perilously close they are to extinction.  His wife, Kristen Pless, is an artist interested in historic processes for photographing developing, and together, they will be opening Kristen's exhibit,  Monarchs: Photographs from the Reserves, this Saturday (6/11) at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

©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:

©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.

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:

©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.

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?

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.

If you say it's wanted and needed ... the Whole Foods Co-op will build it ... and they will come.

It wasn't a hasty process; the Co-op invested in a lot of research and conversation with the community beforehand, but the new 12,500-square-foot building is open, and providing fresh healthy food to an area of town once considered a "food desert."

gr33n3gg/Flickr

The transition from coal and gas to renewables isn't always an easy one, but increasingly good news on the solar job front should help to smooth it a bit.

Hockey great Wayne Gretzky is said to have told reporters, "I skate to where the puck is going, not where it was."

And that, says Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, is what Minnesota has to do, also.

Rogotzke's Simple Gifts

Silver maple makes great syrup.

So does white and yellow birch.

Pines?  Not so much.

Who'd a thunk it?

The ins and outs of maple syrup - and maple sugar candy - from Dave Rogotzke, who tapped the first trees of the season just yesterday.

©lisa johnson/Thorsburg Photography

Back in 1998, a Canadian company kicked an international hornet's nest with its proposal to sell Lake Superior water to its customers in Asia.

It took ten years, but the eight Great Lakes states and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec formed the Great Lakes Compact, which forbids, with few exceptions, any diversion of Great Lakes water.

© Will Steger

Polar explorer, writer, photographer and speaker Will Steger has been talking to people about climate change before anyone knew there was such a thing.

It's not usually a cheery topic; but Steger, who will be speaking at UMD tomorrow night in a program called "Eyewitness to Global Warming," is almost ebullient.

People are getting it, says Steger, now that they are experiencing the evidence first hand.  Far from being despairing, though, Steger is anxious to share his message of new opportunities; a booming economy in clean energy; world-wide cooperation in working toward a cleaner, better world; and something he says is more than hope: empowerment.


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