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Moose capture - photo courtesy the Minnesota DNR.

Ely Timberjay Editor Marshall Helmberger explains events leading to MN governor's ban on moose collaring

Last week Gov. Dayton ordered the MN DNR to stop the practice of radio-collaring moose, citing reports that collaring has caused the abandonment of some calves as well as the deaths of some adults. Marshall Helmberger, editor of the Ely Timberjay, has done a great deal of investigation and reporting on the issue. He joined Ann Possis May 1 to explain. You can read the Timberjay here.


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Dr. Robert Sterner, director of the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD, on why large lakes are so important

Just five lakes contain more than half of the Earth's liquid surface fresh water. Dr. Robert Sterner, director of the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) at UMD, has been giving public talks about the 'outsized' role large lakes play in our lives. He spoke with Ann Possis May 1. You can learn  more about the work of the LLO here


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Meteorologist Mark Seeley on his updated best-seller, "Minnesota Weather Almanac"

Mark Seeley, climatologist, meteorologist, and MPR commentator, is just out with the revised edition of his best-selling book, "Minnesota Weather Almanac," full of both facts and fun information about weather history. He chatted with Buck May 1 about the book and all things weather. 


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The lowdown on North Shore woodpeckers

It’s spring and woodpeckers are making themselves known in the woods.


Ravens

Ravens are starting to build their nests

One of our most interesting and adaptable birds is also one of the most commonly found here in the Northland. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with Chel Andersen about ravens.
 


Lake Superior Surf by David Grinstead

EPA ends funding for Lake Superior Binational Forum

Lissa Radke, the Lake Superior Binational Forum's U.S. coordinator, spoke with Ann Possis Mar. 27 about their loss of funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The future of the forum, which has been working since 1991 to protect the world's largest lake, is in question. Lissa explained what the forum has accomplished and how its work might proceed without the help of the EPA. To learn more, go to www.superiorforum.org.


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Dr. Seth Moore on the state of moose and moose research

Minnesota's moose are on the decline. Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talked with Ann Possis recently about what's affecting the moose, what researchers seek to learn by collaring both adults and calves, and much more. 


Northern Lights on the Gunflint by Bryan Hansel

Light pollution: What it is and why it matters

Recently the Cook County board voted to keep two proposed MN/DOT towers short enough so they wouldn't have to be lighted, and Cook County is one of the darkest locations in the lower 48 states. John Barentine, program director of the International Dark Sky Association, talked with Dick Feb. 27 about light pollution and the benefits of a dark sky.


What are water shrews?

These little creatures have been perfecting their lifestyles for millions upon millions of years. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about water shrews.