Outdoors

Voyageurs National Park to Launch Campsite Reservation System

Voyageurs National Park to Launch Campsite Reservation System It was a postcard-image type day in Voyagers National Park last May when I paddled around one final rock embankment to arrive at my potential campsite. Many nautical miles had been traveled in my streamlined, rented Kevlar canoe. And just around that corner, tucked amongst all the beautiful pines and majestic limestone, was... another camper. In a land where the policy was first-come, first-serve in regard to back-country camping, scenes like this were not uncommon. Unfortunately for me, I found...

Help is on the Way -- For Deer in Northern Minnesota

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What does a reluctantly given $170,000 of DNR money have in common with 130 snowmobiling volunteers? Why a mission to save the white-tail deer population of northern Minnesota of course! With certain permit areas already in a vulnerable state, a large winterkill could mean big problems for hunters and, in the long run, other natural predators (a surplus of starved and frozen deer carcasses makes predation easy in the short-term). The Minnesota DNR, which last did an emergency deer...

Zebra Mussels Face Death Sentence in Minnesota

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In 1989, Zebra mussels were discovered in the Duluth/Superior Harbor. Since that time, the pesky, shelled organisms have now spread to many rivers and inland lakes. For decades, boaters, anglers, biologists and others have bitterly battled the mussels, or at least attempted to contain them. Well, it appears the zebra mussel has finally met its match. The New York Times reports:
Daniel P. Molloy, an emeritus biologist at the New...

Wolf Found Dead After Traveling Across Ice Bridge on Lake Superior

Wolf Found Dead After Traveling Across Ice Bridge on Lake Superior The struggling wolf population took an unexpected hit recently -- a gray wolf with the nickname Isabelle was found dead in northern Minnesota. The Associated Press has the full story:

One of the few remaining gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park has been found dead after escaping to the mainland across a Lake Superior ice bridge, a scientist who studies the predators said Tuesday.

The 5-year-old female's body was...

NASA Reveals Amazing Satellite Photo of Mostly Frozen Great Lakes

NASA Reveals Amazing Satellite Photo of Mostly Frozen Great Lakes

You might be thinking, the Great Lakes frozen, it's winter -- duh. But this NASA photo from space shows that 88% of the Great Lakes are covered in ice, a percentage not seen since 1994 according to the NASA Earth Observatory. Since 1973, the chain of lakes usually averages 50% ice coverage. It's crazy to see the lakes so completely covered in ice, especially in the deepest parts...

Minnesota Moose Count Numbers Improve

Minnesota Moose Count Numbers Improve Compared to 2012, the Minnesota moose population has reportedly shown "no significant change" -- despite that notion, according the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there is reason for hope. Via the MNDNR:
Aerial moose survey results for 2014 show no significant change in Minnesota’s moose population even though more animals were seen than last year.  Results of the Minnesota Department of Natural...

Hitting the Slopes: Minnesota's Top Five Tubing Sites

Minnesota's Top Five Tubing Sites Minnesotans are an interesting breed. We can know almost anything about a person based simply on which side of various categories they fall. For example: Do you prefer Caribou or Starbucks? Costco or Sam's Club? U of M or UMD? Vikings or Packers? There's also another category that for some reason, all Minnesotans fall into one of these two:  you thrive during the winter months, or simply try to survive them. Some love the winter. Activities, the crisp, or downright frigid , air, all make you proud to be a strong-willed Minnesotan. Others, however, choose to simply don a dozen layers, grab their...

Lutsen Mountains: A Minnesota Must

Lutsen Mountains - A Minnesota Must - Eagle Mountain - Moose Mountain

Hey, Minnesotans! I’ve found it: God’s country. If you’re a skier, a snowboarder, or just someone looking to head up north for a weekend away from it all, I’d highly suggest a trip to Lutsen. I’ve lived in Minnesota for 21 of my 24 years and I’ve been a snowboarder for the last 12 of them. It’s actually pretty pathetic and embarrassing that I’d never made the trip to Lutsen before now. I’ve snowboarded in Colorado three times (and by the end of the month, four), I’ve been to Buck Hill,...

Walleye Regulations Remain Tight at Mille Lacs Lake For 2014

2014 Walleye Regulations Remain Tight at Mille Lacs Lake

If you want to catch walleye on Mille Lacs Lake this year, hopefully the tune of “catch-and-release” has a nice ring to it. In an attempt to curb the lake’s recent inability to produce large crops of young walleye, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided a mere 60,000 pounds of walleye can be taken from one of the state’s premiere fishing lakes in 2014. This year’s “safe-harvest level” is a far cry from the 600,000-pound safe-harvest level that was set only eight-years ago. The lake...

A Glimpse of the Twin Cities - Wildlife and Sunsets

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St. Paul resident Bob Roth is back with more fantastic photographs from the Mounds Park area. Our resident photographer loves to take morning walks, regardless of the temperature (he's brave), and for good reason -- he captures nature wonderfully. Bob also snapped a great picture as the sun was creeping below the horizon. This photo was facing west toward St. Paul in Bob's neighborhood.

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