Environment & Outdoors

Algae Blooms
Ingrid Taylar

This week on Sea Grant Files host Jesse Schomberg invites Dr. Chris Filstrup, an MN Sea Grant inland lake specialist, to discuss Algae blooms.

Algae blooms are expected to become more common, more frequent, more severe, and more persistent. Why are they happening and can we prevent them, listen to learn more.

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©John P. Richardson

If it doesn't rain tomorrow, the forecasted northwesterly winds could mean good bird-watching at Hawk Ridge.

The trick, says Count Director John Richardson, is to get there during the "golden hour/s," usually between 8:00 and 10:00am.

©Laura Erickson. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

When scores of dead birds began showing up in the Northland this week, folks did what folks around here do: they called Laura Erickson to learn more about it.

The reporters, though, must not be regular listeners/readers of For the Birds; if they were, they would have known that a) birds can, occasionally, become intoxicated by the fermenting berries of some trees and bushes and 2) the dead and injured birds being reported aren't drunk - they eat bugs, not berries.

©John Heino. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

They're responsible for millions of dollars in tourism revenue across the country, and feature prominently in the portfolios of photographers, artists and anybody with a smart phone.

But those fall colors: the gorgeous reds (anthocyanins) and shimmering yellow and oranges (carotenoids) are really a kind of tree sunscreen.

Seriously.

©Lisa Johnson

The less you know about apple maggots the happier you'll be.

Suffice it to say there ARE ways to get rid of them, and even if you're left with bumpy apples, you can still make fabulous stuff with them.

The apples, not the apple maggots.

©John P. Richardson. Used with permission

Hawk-watchers were in "raptors" Sunday (see what we did there?) at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory with the capture of a leucistic red-tailed hawk.  Many people were on hand to see the bird in person, while others followed ... raptly (!) ... the Facebook page:

"In 30 years of banding hawks, the Banding Director Frank Nicoletti perhaps has only had one partially leucistic Red-tail before and certainly not to the extent this bird today was.

©Kaitlin Erpestad,Hartley Nature Preschool. Used with permission.

In this encore edition of Backyard Almanac from September 23, 2016, the question emerges:  it's not why the snapping turtle crossed the road, it's how.

@Lincoln Park Farmers Market

When the Lincoln Park Farmers Market started up six years ago, it wasn't just so folks could buy some flowers and a little fresh fruit for breakfast.

A survey had just been conducted that showed people in the Lincoln Park neighborhood weren't living as long as everyone else in the community.  In fact, no access to healthy food, due to transportation problems and the distance to the nearest grocery stores, was shaving about ten years off their life expectancies.

©John P. Richardson

The northwest winds we'll contend with today will be a nuisance everywhere but Hawk Ridge, where they'll drive migrating birds of prey right down into the waiting binoculars of the hawk counters.

Count Director and special guest star John Richardson joins us this morning to tell us more.

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People of a certain age remember when "don't litter," was at the forefront of everyone's consciousness.   

47 years after Keep America Beautiful's famous public service announcement admonished "people start pollution; people can stop it," it doesn't seem like we've gotten the message.

peoniesfromthefield.com

Now is a great time to divide and replant perennials.

Warm soil temps and cool air temps mean they tend to their business of setting roots, and as Tom Kasper reports, they're not as fragile as they seem.

©Lisa Johnson

Larry Weber's not the kind of guy to waste time railing against Mother Nature.

That being said ...he's not always a huge fan of warmer temps.

For one thing, our overnight lows in the mid-to-upper 60s are around the normal daytime highs.

For another, the south winds responsible have dramatically dropped the raptor numbers over Hawk Ridge.

But the sky-watching conditions, at least, have been fabulous.

UMD Land Lab / University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Dr. Randy Hanson, Director of the UMD Land Lab joins us to talk about the 2018 UMD Farm Fest, a celebration of community, food, art and the hard-work of our on-campus farm, happening this Sunday from 12 to 4 pm at the UMD Land Lab, aka the Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm.

The front edge of a ship that says American Century preparing to go under a bridge
Christine Dean

The Duluth-Superior port is often referred to as the "Great Lakes Bulk Cargo Capital." On this edition of the Sea Grant Files, we learn more about the Great Lakes shipping industry in our region and the ships and cargos that flow through our ports.

This program originally aired on 1/19/16

Jacob Norlund [via Flickr, modified]

Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, talks with KUMD about ongoing efforts across the community, both civic and private, to create energy sustainability that can last, reducing our collective carbon footprint.  

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