Northland Morning

Monday-Friday 6-9am

A mix of music to get you a great start on your day, plus fun features and interviews with a local perspective.

Weekly Schedule
6:08am | (M—F) 90 Second Naturalist
6:32am | Stardate
7:00am | (M) Minnesota Native News; (T—F) MN 90
7:08am | Earth Wise
7:32am | For the Birds with Laura Erickson
7:45am |(Th) Forever Home
8:00am | (M) Journey to Wellness/In the Spirit of Medicine; (T-F) Community Interviews
8:20am |
>> (M) Where's Art?
>> (T) Tips for Hardy Gardeners | The Sea Grant Files | Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy (summer)
>> (W) Green Visions
>> (Th) MN Reads
>> (F) Backyard Almanac
8:40am | National Native News

© JR Kelsey. Used with permission

The wind has had everything to do with our weather this week; when the winds turn off the big lake, everybody notices.

But at least it's not snowing like it did in 2019.

Tent caterpillars are out - and before you reach for the chemicals, read or listen to today's episode of Laura Erickson's For the Birds - the season of toad romance has come and gone, but everything else from wildflowers to warblers is getting a move on.

"May is greening," says Larry. "June is growing."

Ranae Hanson was already deeply committed to combating climate change when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Then suddenly everything made sense in a whole new way.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began to dredge contaminated sediment out of Howards Bay in Superior, Wisconsin.

Baby Cakes Wild Rice Bakery/Savage Girls Salads

There are countless ways people have learned to cook with wild rice - in soups, salads, hotdishes, and so on. Other than using it as added ingredient in breads, however, not as many have tried baking with wild rice. KUMD's Chris Harwood speaks with mother and daughter Leah and Delilah Savage, co-owners of Baby Cakes Wild Rice Bakery and Savage Girls Salads.

Chris Harwood

Tom Kasper says it's not too late to plant your garden, but also acknowledges the reality of May (and even June) frosts can damage some annual plants, so one might consider waiting as well.  

Joyce la Porte [courtesy of Springboard for the Arts]

Annie Dugan let's us know about a few great reasons to celebrate art this week:

AICHO's American Indian Community Housing Organization Arts Program has been designated as a Regional Cultural Treasure by the McKnight Foundation, for its ongoing work to honor "the resiliency of Indigenous people by strengthening communities and centering Indigenous values [and providing] a year-round space within Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizim for Indigenous artists to showcase and sell their work."

Susan Boorsma. Used with permission.

There are maybe a double handful of people I really credit with my becoming a doctor. Walt Boorsma is one of them. I first met him when I was about 18 and unemployed. He was desperately looking for someone to do some manual labor on a construction job for a few weeks and he found me in a bar. I was drunk, barefoot, disrespectful, and shooting pool, but he didn't really have any other choice on short notice. At age 18, I was looking for my way in the world, but didn't actually know I was lost.

© JR Kelsey. Used with permission

Larry Weber says it's almost as though the plants were coiled and waiting for a little rain.

And once they got it - they're busting out all over.

© June Brenneman/NRRI

Alexis Grinde thinks she has the best job in the world.

And if you love birds, being paid to study them and talk to people about them isn't a bag gig at all.

There's good news to report, including fewer species with the plummeting numbers we saw back in the day with eagle and other raptor populations being ravaged by DDT.  But the slow decline of many other species means bird lovers need to act now.

Bob King. Used with permission.

The Curiosity, the Perseverance and China's Mars rover Zhurong are all trundling (or parked) on the red planet at the moment ...

China's answer to Starlink is hoping to add 13,000 satellites to the orbit already home to Starlink's 1600 ... here's an interesting article from March about possible effects on the planet if Elon Musk gets his way and can add 42,000.

Meanwhile, there's a terrific chance to see the International Space Station all night long over the next week or so, and next Wednesday, plan to get up early for the Super Blood Moon Eclipse early in the morning!

the blowup/Unsplash

It was perhaps the last Zoom event of the Climate Emergency Poetry series.

The series which has taken to Zoom for the past eight months hopes the June 20 event, #9, can be held outside or in Wussow's Concert Cafe.

Regardless of the venue, though, the message will remain the same: take care of your stuff. Be it garbage, a carbon footprint, or pressing your local officials for substantive action, Climate Emergency Poets and their audience want you to take action.

Clare Walker Leslie

Not surprisingly, Annie Dugan is urging us to not just enjoy the warmth and sunshine ... pick up a piece of scratch paper (or your nice journal) and add a sketch to your observations. 

  For pointers, she turns to Clare Walker Leslie's article To Draw Nature, Pick Up a Pencil and Really Look in the New York Times.

JR Kelsey. Used with permission.

The first half of May (remember, lately the first and second halves of the month are dramatically different from one another) wraps up with cooler than normal temps and no rain.

And while May continues with warblers and wildflowers, birds and blossoms, spiders and sparrows - the continuing lack of rain is bad news for the vernal pools and the plants, animals and insects that depend on them.