Environment & Outdoors

The best gift - for gardeners or anyone, for that mattter - is to know they're loved and important to you.

After that, it's electric wheelbarrow all the way.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Your overnight temps probably depended a lot on your cloud cover, Larry's disgruntled by the lack of snowfall on the ground and in the forecast, but there are plenty of new things to enjoy in the natural world, whether it's an unexpected goldfinch or  a green comet.

Dave Freeman/The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

For a long time, the debate over sulfide-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters has been orchestrated to pit concerns over the environment against concerns for the economy.

So how come we haven't heard much about the independent study that concluded they're one and the same?

More information about the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters can be found here.

Stormy Lake Superior
Pete Markham

Biogeochemistry; what is it and how has Lake Superior's storms changed its water? Ellen Cooney, PhD Candidate in Water Resources Sceince at the University of Minnestota, joins our host Jesse Schomberg to discuss.


Phenologist Larry Weber wraps up the fall season (September was warmer than usual, but October and November were colder) and embraces winter with open arms. Even the coming cold and dark make a perfect backdrop, he says, for the Geminid meteor showers we'll get to enjoy in a couple of weeks.


The folks who work at NRRI are like the ultimate post-Thanksgiving chefs.

They're always looking for innovative ways to use leftovers.

Take potholes, for instance.  If you want a patch to last, why not make it of iron?  Or the next best thing - taconite tailings.

©Lisa Johnson

According to Colette Adkins, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a history, going back at least twenty years, of being unduly influenced by politics and special interests.

So the Center For Biological Diversity's senior attorney has filed suit to preserve federal protections for gray wolves and to force the agency to develop a national recovery plan for the species.

At the same time, the USFW Service is expected to put forward a proposal to remove protections for wolves "any day now."

If you need a bettter view of the birdfeeders, Tom Kasper says now is a fine time to do a little "structural pruning."

But speaking of wild things and feeding them, now is also a great time to wrap trees, bushes and plantings to keep them safe from rabbits and deer.

redpoll photo courtesy Laura Erickson

Venus is beautiful first thing in the morning these days; and the combination of light snow and warm temperatures mean lots of critters are out and about and leaving great tracks.

Larry's seen a couple of unusual animals out and about - a gray fox, and a chipmunk who was supposed to be sleeping - but he's still waiting patiently for redpolls to come to his feeder.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes says it takes about a hundred years for people to transition from one energy source to another -- no matter how appealing the new energy source might be.

But do we have that kind of time?

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt has the story.

Energy: A Human History is published by Simon & Schuster.

Lake Superior
Ed Menendez

Jesse Schomberg and Tom Beery talk climate adaptation this week on the Sea Grant Files.

Duluth is facing three major climate challenges: warmer and wetter weather, losing the winter cold, and more frequent and high intensity storm events.

How do we combat these climate challenges and what does this mean for our community?

MN Sea Grant

Larry Weber is just chock-ful of good advice this week, from how to keep squirrels away from your feeders to how to tell if the bears are awake or asleep right now.

There's just a tiny downside: both of these solutions are EXPENSIVE.

Oh, and Larry is looking for redpolls, too - have you seen any?

A connection between energy production and citizen participation - or improvisational theater, for that matter - is unfamiliar in the United States.

But not for much longer - especially here in Minnesota.

  Solar United Neighbors has information about what's going on in communities around the state, co-ops, additional information on how to go solar on your own and much more here:

©Tom Kasper

It's a hard time for gardeners.  They're having to say goodbye to everything they worked so hard to nurture all spring and summer.

They miss their plants.

One thing they can do to brighten their spirits is repurpose the containers from the summer's flowers and tomatoes and express themselves creating outdoor holiday decorations.

Tom Kasper tells us the other.

Lisa Johnson

Duluth's record high for November 9 was 71 degrees back in 1999.  Record low for that date?  Zero, last year!

Plus Larry extolls the virtue of walkin' in November early rain (think "walkin' in a winter wonderland...") and reminds us to get outside, where he says there's "a new story every day!"