Environment

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Great Lakes increasingly threatened due to pollution from plastics

Bob spoke recently with Dr. Lorena M. Rios Mendoza, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, about her research into pollution by plastic particles in the Great Lakes. The particles not only affect water quality, they present dangers to fish and birds who ingest them.


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Boundary Waters/South Kawishi River #6 on Most Endangered Rivers list

Buck spoke Apr. 19 with Amy Kober, senior director of communications at American Rivers. They just released their annual report on America's Most Endangered Rivers, and the South Kawishiwi/Boundary Waters is sixth on the list, due to threats from proposed copper and nickel mining.


Wildersmith shares a squirrel story in this week's column (Loren Sztajer/Flickr)

Wildersmith April 19

The calendar says spring, but our north country landscape indicates otherwise.  At the time of this keyboard exercise, little progress has been made on recognizing spring characteristics.


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.