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Brook Trout (Jon David Nelson/Flickr)

Points North: The Brook Trout’s Revenge

They say you shouldn’t drink the water when traveling south of the border, because you might be afflicted with an unflattering ailment known as Montezuma’s Revenge.

Northern Lights by Stephan Hoglund

Astronomer Bob King on spotting northern lights, Zodiacal light, comets, and more this fall

Dave Seaton chatted Sept. 28 with Bob King, Duluth News-Tribune photographer, astronomer, and author of the Astro Bob blog. They covered everything from northern lights (fall's the best time to see them) to Mars Curiosity to getting enough sleep while working days and stargazing at night.


Scat-sniffing dogs help researchers study & protect wildlife

Buck chatted Sept. 28 with Dr. Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the U of Washington, about an amazing group of dogs that assist in wildlife research by sniffing out scat for study.

Fall Colors on the North Shore (Paul Weimer/Flickr)

Wildersmith September 28

With activity slowing toward more quiet times along the Trail, it’s hard to believe that the month of our full “wild rice” moon has slipped so rapidly toward the western horizon.

Beaver Pond (Don Davison)

Points North: Looking for Ducks and Finding Wolves

While thousands of Minnesota duck hunters sat in swamps last weekend, I went walking in the woods. Sitting in a blind beside a stool of decoys goes against my restless nature.

Autumn is here, and leaves are beginning to change (Fang Guo/Flickr)

Autumn brings change outdoors

The trees and birds and everything are getting ready for winter.

The Andromeda galaxy is visible this month (find it at the bottom-center of the above photo, above the 'v' of the hills)

Northern Sky: Autumn Constellations

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

Red Fox (Anthony Adams/Flickr)

Wildersmith September 21

It’s official, the calendar says that our fall excursion is on schedule along the Gunflint Byway. For a day now, east is truly east and west is west with our daytime luminary, Sol.

BWCA (Chad Fennell/Flickr)

Points North: BWCAW Land Exchange—Another Failed Effort?

Congressman Chip Cravaack made headlines recently when the U.S. House passed his legislation authorizing a land-for-land swap between the U.S.

Green Darner Dragonfly (tlindenbaum/Flickr)

Dragonflies migrate, too

Dragonflies follow their insect prey…some as far as the Gulf coast.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with local naturalist Chel Anderson about green darner dragonfly migration.