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Environmental Protest

Points North: Whatever Happened To Activism?

In a time when politicians seem to view the natural world with attitudes ranging from indifference to abhorrence, in separate conversations I recently asked three prominent environmentalists the same

Snowshoe Hare

Wildersmith April 22

“Old Man Winter” roared back into the north woods this past weekend. In simple terms, it was “Just a moment, my wilderness friends and little Miss Spring.

Crack in the Ice by Bryan Hansel

Wildersmith April 15

It’s looking like spring, feeling like spring and smelling like spring. I think “Mother Nature” has declared it spring in our northern forest.

MN DNR volunteers conducting a survey of dwarf trout lilies

Points North: Somewhere, We’ve Lost It

A recent interview with DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr in Minnesota Outdoor News ended on a less than inspiring note.

Quaking Aspen Bud

Learn to keep track of what’s going on outside

Chel Anderson is a North Shore naturalist. She lives here in Cook County. She joins us periodically to talk about phenology or what’s going on in the woods right now. Welcome back, Chel.

Ice Fishing

Wildersmith April 1

Old Man Winter wandered back to the upper Trail after taking a spring break in the middle part of the month. However, he brought only cold with nothing white to go along with it.

Snowshoe Hare

Discovering and monitoring wildlife in your backyard

Have you ever wondered what animals are visiting your yard or property? Unbeknownst to many, there are a variety of creatures that visit and even live on your property that you may never see.

Pussy Willow

Wildersmith March 25

Gunflint Territory celebrated March’s supermoon even though it had to burn through the clouds last Saturday night. The effect in the upper Trail was not as had been expected.


Points North: Winter Media Safari Finds Outdoor Adventurers

Over the winter I explored the outdoors in media. In this era when many say America's love for the outdoors is fading, I wanted to find out what, if anything, was new and exciting.