Environment & Outdoors

©Bryan French

 “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. 

©Lisa Johnson

Every year, Tom Kasper runs down his list of good gifts for gardeners.

And every year, the most popular is still the gift of your time.

©Lisa Johnson

For The Birds host Laura Erickson stepped into the breach this week as the "emergency auxiliary backup Larry Weber" (after Larry was sidelined* with a bad cold),  armed with information about snowy owls and a Robert Frost poem off the top of her head.

*the expression "sidelined" comes from the world of sports, as Laura herself alluded to a text message after agreeing to sub for Larry this morning:

"But actually, I don't know how to do that -- just talk for a minute or longer.

apalca/Flickr

Tackle box? Check.  Ice auger? Check.  Life jacket?

Huh?

Your best chance of surviving an accident on the ice of a frozen lake or river this winter can be summed up on two words: life jacket.

red.raleigh [via Flickr]

We speak with Jennifer Teegarden, a forestry outreach specialist with the MN Department of Natural Resources about how the DNR goes about selecting the holiday tree to be placed at the Minnesota Governor's residence each year.  Also, she recommends using real trees rather than manufactured trees as they can be mulched and returned to the environment – storing carbon rather than releasing it. 

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Larry Weber says he can go years between sightings of northern birds like Black-backed Woodpeckers and Red Crossbills.

But he's seen plenty of them this year, along with a number of wild turkeys who have discovered his feeders.

©NRRI

Not much about coal is simple anymore.

Whether it's being criticized as a dirty fuel or defended as part of a mining lifestyle, coal even played a part in the last presidential election.

So because of - or perhaps in spite of - the controversy about coal, NRRI's latest biofuelis coming along at just the right time.

©Michigan DNR

Wisconsin raised a few eyebrows by doing away with the minimum age for mentored hunting last week.

Some people were worried at the prospect of little kids out in the woods, adult mentors or not.  But Chief Conservation Warden of the WI DNR, Todd Schaller, says statistics show young hunters have a better safety record than older, more experienced ones.

Animal Tracks in Snow
offthegridnews.com

Today Larry Weber talks about recent weather and "gray November" has proven to be true this month.

He also gives a list of Nothern birds he has seen around as well as animal tracks in the snow.   

     

Nick Blackmer/Flickr

It might have been the first solar garden opening held in the snow, but we're tough up here.

Tree Wrap
Lowes.com

With the past flurries and more to come in the future, Master Gardener Tom Kasper gives tips on how to protect your trees and shrubs this winter season. Sneak peek, Kasper suggests staying by the fire after you're done in the garden. 

Lisa Johnson

A year ago today, Duluth broke the record high temperature with 64 degrees.

Today, the National Weather Service reports a new low temperature for November 10 with -5.

If you don't decide to make tracks somewhere warmer, Larry Weber says you should get outside and LOOK AT tracks.

St. Louis County

GIS technology (Geographic Information Systems) has been around for a while; in fact, St. Louis County has been using it for things like land records since 1985.

But a change to the ATV ordinance last spring seemed like a perfect time to tweak the County Land Explorer and add a "recreation" theme.

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