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Environment

Why do leaves change color in the fall?

Naturalist Kurt Mead explains why fall is so colorful...and tells us about his favorite fall driving tour.


Rocks and Water by David Grinstead

Geology expert John Green visits Cook County

Prof. John Green is a retired geology professor from UMD whose specialty is the geology of the Arrowhead region. He was in town to give a presentation at Chik-Wauk Nature Center and Museum, and was good enough to stop by and chat with Dave about all things North Shore rocks. He has written one of the definitive guides to rocks in our area, "Geology on Display: Geology and scenery of Minnesota's North Shore state parks."


North Woods Naturalist: Autumn update

Autumn is slow in coming, but changes are being made in the natural world, just not as apparent as in some years.


A Year in the Wilderness: September 13 - Winding down

Cook County adventurers Dave and Amy Freeman are spending a year in the wilderness. On a regular basis they’ll be sharing some of their experiences traveling the BWCAW.


Belted kingfisher

North Woods Naturalist: Belted kingfishers

They’re blue and somewhat stocky and you’ll always see them around water.


Nina Simonowicz brought in a basket of chanterelles she gathered that afternoon.

Handling the harvest

Harvest month has arrived, and Northern Gardening hotsts Melinda Spinler and Joan Farnam discuss how to store all your wonderful garden produce as well as wild foods lik


Lake Superior waves

Is the Earth really running out of water? A better way to measure water scarcity

We've all heard the Earth is running out of water... but how is that measured? Is there a better way to gauge water scarcity? Dr. Kate Brauman thinks so. She's lead scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the Institute on the Environment at the U of MN. She talked with Dick about her ideas on more accurate and useful ways to determine water scarcity.


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Happy 100th to the National Park Service! Researcher discusses the intangible value of our parks

Aug. 25 marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Dick spoke with Professor Michael Tarrant, who believes the parks are significant because they add to our Gross National Happiness. Tarrant studies natural resources and suggests that there are other important  indicators of social progress besides the traditional economic measures.


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Tim McDonnell's latest book, "The Contemplative Paddler's Fireside Companion," is a 'why-do' manual for paddling

Tim McDonnell grew up on the edge of the Boundary Waters and has been writing about wilderness for years. He joined Dick to talk about his latest book, "The Contemplative Paddler's Fireside Companion," which he calls a 'why-do' guide exploring the spiritual side of the paddling experience. You can learn more about this book of essays here; it's available at many stores in Cook County as well.


 

Circular economy's goal moves way beyond recycling

The basic idea of the circular economy is that in production, nothing should be wasted, and everything at the end of its life should be made into something else. Dave talked with Nathaniel Springer, an economist in the U of MN Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, to learn more. Here's a great article about it from the Institute on the Environment (U of MN). Nat also recommends the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a place to learn more.