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Anna's hummingbird

Field Notes: Late season hummingbirds

Field Notes with Molly Hoffman can be heard every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning between 8:00 and 10:00.  Support for 


Blue-bead lily

North Woods Naturalist: Transition to autumn

Even though there have been late summer days, we’re transitioning into autumn. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about autumn around the corner.



Editor of Ely Timberjay explains latest news on PolyMet mine environmental impact statement

Marshall Helmberger, editor of the Ely Timberjay, has been closely following and reporting on PolyMet's proposed NorthMet mine near Hoyt Lakes. He recently learned that the lead agencies that have overseen preparation of the mine's environmental impact statement may be wrong about where potential contaminants would flow. Dick spoke with Marshall Aug. 28 to learn more. You can read more in the Timberjay


Crab spider

North Woods Naturalist: Crab Spiders

It’s a small spider that hides in plain view -- it can because it changes color. WTIP’s Jay Andersen talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about crab spiders.


Moon, with the constellation Auriga

Bob King, "Astrobob" blogger, checks in on all things celestial

Bob King ("Astrobob" blogger for Duluth News Tribune) is a favorite regular guest because he always shares such interesting, cool stuff about the stars. His conversation with Dave TerSteeg Aug. 21 is no exception. Learn about the mission to Pluto, how you can send your name to Mars (really!), the lunar eclipse predicted for Sept. 27, and lots more. You can read Bob's delightful blog here.


Flat-topped aster

North Woods Naturalist: Changing August

Summer is on the wane, and there are a lot of changes as we work through August.


Photo by Bryan Hansel

Sunny's Back Yard: Nature's jewel tones

Nature has its own array of "jewel tones" - whether colors, smells or sounds. In this edition of Sunny's Back Yard, we are reminded that jewel tones are a gift to the spirit.


courtesy U of MN Bee Lab

U of MN helping the honey bee get back on its own six feet

The U of MN just broke ground on its new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, a facility to house bee research, led by world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak. Buck chatted with Dr. Rebecca Masterman, associate program director of the Bee Squad, about why bees are so important to agriculture and to the health and beauty of our world. You can learn more about bees and the new lab here.


"Windbound" courtesy Stephen Brede

Michigan man on final leg of Great Lakes canoeing adventure

Stephen Brede of Petoskey, Mich. has a life goal to canoe around all five Great Lakes. Dick caught up with him July 30, when he was windbound on an island near Rossport, Ontario, and talked with him about the why and how of his adventure. You can learn more about Stephen and follow his progress here


The threatened Northern long-eared bat

How to see in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest

"How to see in the Dark: Monitoring Bats on the Superior National Forest," is the theme of the August 1st Saturday Speaker Series event at Sugarloaf Cover Nature Center near Schroeder.