Environment

Check out the Spring constellations during the end of April & beginning of May (David DeHetre/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower & more in early May

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


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Mermaids do exist. Buck speaks with one on The Roadhouse

Buck chatted Apr. 5 with Linden Wolbert, who quit her full-time job a few years back to be a professional mermaid. With skills in free diving, SCUBA, and snorkeling, plus videography, it's been the perfect choice. She does everything from underwater modeling to pool parties to teaching children about ocean conservation. Check out her website here.
 


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Peter Smerud on the remarkable peregrine falcon

Cathy Quinn spoke recently with Peter Smerud, executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, about the peregrine falcon. Nearly wiped out by DDT by the 1960s, there are now at least 21 nesting pairs along the North Shore. Peter shares stories about falcons, including his experiences rock-climbing to reach their nests.


Fred Smith brings us the latest from the Gunflint Trail (Matt Wan/Flickr)

Wildersmith April 12

Fred Smith is a native Iowan and retired high school athletic administrator now living on the upper Gunflint Trail with his wife Fran.


The Lake Superior Project / logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSProject: The Life Salvelinus

The Grand Portage Native Fish Hatchery has been producing and rearing coaster brook trout, a native Lake Superior fish, since 2007.


Wolf in the wild

Wildersmith March 29

Adios March…it’s almost April…no fooling! The way month three has flown by makes me wonder if there isn’t some way we could slow life down.


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Wildersmith April 5

The upper Gunflint Territory seemed headed toward a lamb-like end to March. We were teased with a couple swell early spring days, then came Easter Sunday.


Canada Lynx (myheimu/Flickr)

Wildersmith March 22

‘Twas the days before spring, and all through the woods, the critters were stirring in shivering wonderment.


Wolf Pack - photo by John Vucetich - Michigan Tech

Points North: Should the Boundary Waters Be a Wolf Sanctuary?

Should Minnesota establish a wolf sanctuary, where hunting and trapping of the species is not allowed? Recently, the eminent wolf biologist Dr. L.


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Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre on his third attempt at Denali & his recently published memoir, "Life on Ice"

Buck chatted Mar. 8 with  explorer Lonnie Dupre, recently back from his third unsuccessful attempt to summit Denali solo in January. Lonnie talks about what went wrong, what he might do differently on a fourth try, and more. His memoir, "Life on Ice," is up for a MN Book Award and a NE Minnesota Book Award.