Environment

Boreal Owl (Eric Ripma/Flickr)

Points North: The Economics of Owl Watching

Below-zero cold feels crisp and comfortable on a windless February night. Overhead, stars sparkle and wink. The surrounding forest is dark and silent.


Nosey Rosey

Nosey Rosey February 15

Nosey Rosey lives with Dave and Nancy Seaton and family at Hungry Jack Outfitters, half-way up the Gunflint Trail.


Shake it off! by Travis Novitsky

Points North: A Population Collapse Measured in Dog Years

In the corner of my garage is a large bin overflowing with antlers. Dig through the bin and you’ll find some deer and even caribou antlers, as well as a moose skull or two.


West End News February 14

West End News February 14

Logging has increased along the Sawbill Trail over the last couple of years.  Almost every month a new logging site or road appears, along with the commuting loggers, heavy equipment and - of cou


Andromeda Galaxy (Luis Argerich/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Mercury & Andromeda in February

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


Trophy Deer (John Athayde/Flickr)

Points North: Should Trophy Hunters Show More Restraint?

Presiding over my office is a set of antlers from a whitetail buck my father killed north of Two Harbors in 1963. Exceptionally wide and symmetrical, the 10-point rack has set a high bar for me.


Where did all of our caribou go? (Papa Marina's/Flickr)

Out There: Rudolph, the red-tape reindeer

If a reintroduction effort in the 1990s hadn’t been scuttled, northern Minnesota would now be home to many sleighs’ worth of reindeer.
 


"A few days ago, I noticed my preparations for the coming spring are well under way..." (manyhighways/Flickr)

Points North: In the Grip of Fishing Fever, Anything Seems Possible

I'm not sure what arrived first, the fishing line or the fever. A few days ago, I noticed my preparations for the coming spring are well under way.


Winter constellations (Matt Swint/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Winter Stars & Saturn in West Quadrature

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


"The “northern express” arrived last weekend, a bit late, but roaring with a vengeance..." (Anette K/Flickr)

Wildersmith January 25

“His fullness” the “great spirit moon” (Gich-Manidoo-Giizis) shines down on the northland this weekend.