Environment

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Outdoors writer Sam Cook on how state shutdown is affecting outdoor pursuits

Bob spoke July 8 with Duluth News-Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook about how the state shutdown is affecting fishing, state parks, conservation efforts, and more.


A black bear has been seen on the West End this week

West End News: July 7

When the state government shut down on the Thursday before the long 4th of July weekend, we were not sure what the effect would be here at Sawbill.


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Learn about the ancient art of tracking in the wilderness with Joe Paulik

Hovland resident Joe Paulik stopped by June 24 to talk with Buck about his passion, the nearly-lost arts of tracking and survival in the wilderness. Some key skills are patience, concentration, and acute awareness of one's surroundings.


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Fire in Ontario causes smoke and haze in Cook County

Haze and wood smoke are noticeable in many parts of Cook County today due to a forest fire in Canada.


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Rick Novitsky, manager of Grand Portage State Park, on National Get Outdoors Day

Rick Novitsky, manager of Grand Portage State Park, spoke with Bob on the eve of National Get Outdoors Day about the park, its new visitor center, and activities and services there. Photo copyright MN DNR.


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Wolf expert discusses recent escape and shooting of wolf at MN Zoo

Lori Schmidt, wolf curator at the International Wolf Center in Ely, offered her perspective on June 10 about the recent incident at the Minnesota Zoo in whi


Shawn's fished the wild trout streams of the North Shore for years, but there are always new places to explore

Points North: On a whim and a cast

You can only go so far on a couple of chocolate chip cookies. Tossing two cookies in your pocket, skipping breakfast and then hiking and fishing along a remote north country trout stream until 4 p.m.


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Biologist Mike Schrage on all things moose, on The Roadhouse

Buck spoke June 3 with Mike Schrage, wildlife biologist for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, about what he's learned about moose through years of research and study. Mike was the featured speaker at the North House Folk School Boreal Birding and Northern Landscapes Festival June 4.


 

Mike Crook of USFS shares adventure working on prescribed fire in Ethiopia

Mike Crook, prescribed fire specialist with the USFS in Grand Marais, stopped by Studio A May 27 to talk with Buck and Bob about his recent working trip to Ethiopia, where he helped teach effective prescribed fire practices to the local residents.


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It’s Spring along the North Shore

We are in the full flush of spring. Baby animals, insects on the move, plants blooming -- and the big green-up is upon us.