Environment

Kate Watson is an outdoor writer and communications manager for North House Folk School based and Grand Marais, MN

Points North: Young women bring new perspectives to outdoor writing

We often hear young people are losing interest in the Great Outdoors, but plenty of 20-somethings enjoy activities ranging from cross-country skiing to hunting.


The "Sickle"; Regulus is the brightest object in the lower left corner

Northern Sky: Bright Lights in February

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


"We all know February can easily mean “proceed with caution.” There is snow yet to fall and winds to howl..."

Wildersmith February 3

February has called on us “up the Trail folks” in more seasonal fashion. Temps have been cold, but not bitter, with some decent snow, but nothing to boast about.


The Minnesota deer harvest has declined in the past two years.

Points North: On Deer Deficits and Dead Dogs

When it came to northern Minnesota deer hunting, my father believed you took the good and the bad when it came to deer abundance.


Garden Bounty

Feeding the planet without ruining the environment: Can it be done?

Buck spoke Jan. 20 with Prof. Jonathan Foley of the Institute on the Environment at the U of MN, about an innovative four-point plan for increasing agricultural production while reducing environmental degradation.


"Although it was not really bone chilling, like often has been recorded (40-50 below), serious ice-making cold set in this week"

Wildersmith January 27

With our northwoods January fading fast, the month got a little brittle last week. Typically, the third stanza of month one is the coldest of the season and it was no exception so far this year.


Forest (Travis Novitsky)

Points North: Come on up, the winter is fine

On a recent morning I stepped out with the dogs at daybreak. Beneath a clear dawn sky, the air was crisp and calm. When we came inside 20 minutes later, I thought it was pretty nice outside.


Hoary Redpoll

Wildersmith January 20

Winter in the north woods, mellow as it has been, is already a month old and whizzing by fast.


To permit the common man to derive enjoyment, if not sustenance, from a public resource, we limit angling to catch and release"

Points North: New Hunter-Gatherers Need to Know the Conservation Story

Recently, a chef who wrote a book about hunting and cooking was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio. She talked about making a recent trip to Colorado to do a cooking demonstration.


The Lake Superior Project / logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSProject: The Blue Desert

Invasive species are one of the biggest issues facing Lake Superior. The most important invasive species to the lake to date is the sea lamprey. It changed everything.