Environment

"More etchings of autumnal splendor are beginning to appear in the woods..." (Topyti/Flickr)

Wildersmith August 10

With each passing day, signs of fall continue creeping into the north woods. Most notable since we last met on the radio was the coolness of last weekend.


Will wolf hunting be allowed in MN state parks? The answer is yes and no. (Paco Lyptic/Flickr)

Points North: Wolf Hunting Allowed in Some State Parks

Many Minnesota state parks are open to deer hunting during the November firearm season, which begs a question: Will wolf hunting be allowed in Minnesota state parks? The answer is yes and no.


North Woods Phenology on this month's First Thursday (Stephan Hoglund)

"Nature of the North Shore" is August's First Thursday topic

It's high summer on the North Shore, and there's plenty going on in our woods and waters.


Wild Rose Hips

Wildersmith August 3

“Neebing” has moved into August, and before the northland can even blink its eyes, the full blueberry moon has come and gone.


A juvenile Coho Salmon

Points North: Puzzled by Superior's Summer Salmon

Last Sunday morning I got up early and really wasn't sure what to do with myself. Mechanical issues with my primary outboard motor dry-docked my Lake Superior fishing plans.


A full moon over Lake Superior

Northern Sky: A Real Smorgasbord of Splendors

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


Canoe Lineup, Gunflint Canoe Races 2012

Wildersmith July 27

One can hardly believe that by the next time we meet on the radio, July will have been chalked up to the record books.


"Not so long ago, deer stands were simple platforms built in trees..."

Points North: Wolf Bait, Popple Palaces and an Ugly Truth

News from the Minnesota DNR last week included the revelation that some deer hunters will be able to use bait while they are hunting in November. Wolf bait, that is.


Fireweed is already in bloom this summer...

Wildersmith July 20

Mother Nature turned on those of us residing up the Gunflint this past week.


Ducks (Chuck Olsen/Flickr)

Points North: duck boom is temporary - conservation threats are not

North America currently has more ducks than at any time since 1955. So says the U.S.