Environment & Outdoors

Duluth Monarch Buddies/Facebook

They'd love a nice place to stay while they're passing through the Northland, and a few good meals.  But you don't need an Airbnb listing; just a nice patch of milkweed. And any other questions you might have can be answered at the 3rd Annual Duluth Monarch Festival.

Stephanie Brown/Flickr

We've got daylight from 5:15am to 9:00pm this month, and from fireflies to songbirds to butterflies, dragon flies, frogs, wildflowers and trees, Mother Nature is taking advantage of every single second.

Clover Valley Farms

Apples and rabbits and sheep - oh my!

Clover Valley Farms is giving farmers, gardeners of the merely curious a chance to tour their organic, sustainable acres this weekend.

NRRI

The pilot project that St. Louis County and the NRRI are working on is a win-win.

Seabamirium [via Flickr]

Larry Weber is an educator, author and naturalist and he joins us every Friday for Backyard Almanac.

Chester Park Trail Race/Instagram

Just over three miles.

Up to 300 runners.

It's the second annual Chester Park Trail Race, and the only thing that will stop it is the trail itself.  

Alan Levine/Flickr

Tom Kasper says it's time to get that garden in, and like many undertakings, it's more fun with a friend.

Less than a month ago, there was still ice and snow on the ground.

Which means, despite a weekend forecast of mid to upper 80s, the season for spring ephemerals is a little more ephemeral than usual.

©Mike Mayou

Duluth's Lakewalk is twenty years old, so the city  was planning to proceed with a "mini-master plan" in November of 2017 to look at an upgrade.

Of course, by the time November rolled around, the Lakewalk had been devastated by 15-foot waves and, in some spots, four feet of shoreline had been washed away.

Inter-Tribal Maple Syrup Producers Cooperative/Facebook

Maybe it's hard to really internalize what rising ocean levels, for instance, mean when you live in the middle of the country.

But the effect climate change could have on the maple syrup we make every spring?

That's something to pay attention to,

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have the first of a two-part conversation with Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe grandmother, elder and water activist involved with the Mother Earth Water Walkers.

Commons

The Sea Grant wraps up their 2018 season with a focus on research happening in the Northland, like how beaver dams affect water flow and trout populations.  Other work shared this week involves rip current safety research as well as  advances in preventing zebra mussels hitching a ride on ships. 

green heron: Tommy P. World/Flickr, sora: Becky Matsubara/Flickr, bittern: cuatrok77/Flickr

Who woulda thunk, in the midst of the April 15 blizzard, that a month later we'd hit a record-breaking 88 degrees?

In fact, who woulda thunk on Wednesday that we'd plummet from 88 to 52 by Thursday?

Yup.  It's May in the Northland.

Elizabeth Alexson/MN Sea Grant

The toxic blue-green algae blooms on Lake of the Woods are a human-created problem.

And that it's going to take another few decades for the lake to flush itself of the toxins and nutrients that are causing the blooms.

How do we know this, you ask?

So glad you asked!

Karen Roe/Flickr

Tom Kasper isn't a doctor, and he doesn't even play one on the radio.

But he is a master gardener.  And as we begin Mental Health Week on KUMD,  it turns out he knows a thing or two about how gardening can be good for what ails you.

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