The U of MN just broke ground on its new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, a facility to house bee research, led by world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak. Buck chatted with Dr. Rebecca Masterman, associate program director of the Bee Squad, about why bees are so important to agriculture and to the health and beauty of our world. You can learn more about bees and the new lab here.
Stephen Brede of Petoskey, Mich. has a life goal to canoe around all five Great Lakes. Dick caught up with him July 30, when he was windbound on an island near Rossport, Ontario, and talked with him about the why and how of his adventure. You can learn more about Stephen and follow his progress here.
"How to see in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest," is the theme of the August 1st Saturday Speaker Series event at Sugarloaf Cover Nature Center near Schroeder.
The Sustainable Agriculture Project at UMD offers an experiential learning, research and demonstration farm that works with institutions and local farmers, and provides internships for students. Randel Hanson, assistant professor of geography at UMD, has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of the farm. He talked with Buck July 24 about the farm and how it brings together food, water, and energy research. You can learn more here.
Musician Ben Weaver is riding his bicycle around Lake Superior to engage people along the route in conversation about the state of our fresh water. He's performing his music at many stops along the way. He spoke with Dick, and played a few tunes, during a July 24 stopover in Grand Marais. As Ben says in this interview, "Why do we have to choose between jobs and fresh water?" You can learn more about Ben and his project here.
At the fall equinox, Dave & Amy Freeman will launch their canoe in the KawishiwiRiver and paddle into the Boundary Waters, where they will stay for an entire year. Dick spoke with them July 17 about why they're doing this, the logistics involved, and more. You can learn about their programs for students at www.wildernessclassroom.com, and about their goal of bringing attention to sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters at www.savetheboundarywaters.org.
The combination of moist weather and cooler temps means a lush July this year. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about perfect weather for blooming wild plants.