Duluth Phenology

BM1 Sayers/U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder

Phenologist Sparky Stensaas has been keeping journals and recording events in the natural world since he moved here in 1981. Flipping back through the pages, he saw entries for the first laker leaving Duluth under the lift bridge: 1997, March 20 ... 1999, March 17 ... 2001, March 17 ... 2002, March 21..."

But even though the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said in a news release this week* that they'll start ice-breaking next Wednesday, the first laker probably won't be leaving any time soon.

Ice formation on a small stream
Christine Dean for KUMD

Larry Weber talks about wind chills and more as we head into a frigid weekend.

Author and outdoorsman Andrew Slade joins us to talk about places you can hike - and places you can't - along the North Shore.  Even though it's cool and muddy this week, it's still a great time to get out and enjoy spring ephemerals.  Wonder what it is you're looking at?  Andrew also has a recommendation for a great Facebook page (Duluth Phenology) that may help answer all your questions about the natural world here in our little part of it.