Environment & Outdoors

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August was awesome, but Naturalist and author Larry Weber explains why September is wonderful. too.  Among many things to note: Bird migration is underway and next week will be a prime week to view raptors at Hawk Ridge.  It's also "turtle time," with baby snapping turtles emerging from their nests.  Leaves are starting to change and some late-season wildflowers are blooming too.

KUMD is proud to sponsor the UMD Farm Fest 9/16

Sep 6, 2018

KUMD is proud to sponsor the UMD Farm Fest on Sunday, September 16th from 12:00-4:00pm.

Brett Groehler / NRRI / University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Efforts in Minnesota to restore wild rice haven’t been consistent. In some lakes it came back beautifully, in other places competing perennial plants – mainly pickerel weed and narrow-leaf cattails – have won out. Why?

Cindy Hakala, the President of Starry Skies Lake Superior, talks about ways that we can reduce light pollution in our nighttime sky.  By using lights that emit warmer colors and limit their focus downward, we can support better astronomical vistas in the Northland, and also a better circadian environment for plants, animals and people in the region. 

We speak with Annika Frazer, Co-Leader of the Environmental Task Force of MPIRG at UMD (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), about MPIRG's nearly 48-year mission as "a grassroots, non-partisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota."

This month marks 21 years of Tips for Hardy Gardeners on the air at KUMD!  But more than a long-lived radio feature, it's the dedication of a volunteer that's made it happen all this time.  Thank you, Tom Kasper!

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Some experts figure a third of all the food produced globally for human consumption goes to waste.

Others say it's closer to 40 percent.

And unlike some kinds of "extra" food at grocery stores or restaurants, you can't repurpose the muffin you only ook a bite out of  and left on your plate.

But with a little bit of humor and a light touch, UMD's Office of Sustainability is hoping to remind students whose eyes are bigger than their stomachs that they can always go back for seconds if they need them.

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Larry talks about migration, day length, birds, bucks, frogs, goldenrod, spider webs, apples, berries and more but the gist of his program today can be summed up in two words:

Get outside.

Minnesota Garlic Festival

Jerry Ford loves his garlic.

The founder of the Minnesota Garlic Festival is happy to talk about the over fifty varieties of garlic we have here in the state, the fact that garlic comes from northern climes originally (so yes, those garlics grown here are heirloom varieties) and the Minnesota Premium Garlic Project he coordinates.

NorthShore Inline Marathon

If you think online skating is passe' -- maybe like the cassette tape -- you're not as right as you think.

Maybe it's not drawing the kinds of numbers it did back in the '90s, but it's a low-impact exercise that many people are drawn to - plus it gives people like hockey players a way to skate outdoors all year long.

©Steve Kolbe. Used with permission

August, announced Larry Weber this morning, is one of his 12 favorite months.

He talked migration at Hawk Ridge, where the counters are hard at work, the fabulousness of spiders, how a mayfly hatch is a good indicator of clean water, and how come he's the guy driving so slowly and gawking at the goldenrod by the side of the road.

Peoples Climate Movement

Next month's Duluth Peoples Climate March will be more than an effort to educate folks about climate change.

There's no word for "wilderness" in Italian.

So what does that mean when it comes to trying to preserve "the rarest bears on earth"?

No Word for Wilderness: Italy’s Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth by Roger Thompson is published by Ashland Creek Press.

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Cool air temps, warm soil temps: it's the best time to plant/relocate/divide/share perennials ... but Tom Kasper reveals a deteriorating relationship with his garden as the season moves on.

Susanne Nilsson [via Flickr]

Naturalist and author Larry Weber reminds us that the fog and dews that we often see in August make for some amazing spider web views in the mornings.   That said, we've had less rain this month than we should have.  Mushrooms and berries are on the scene, the sphinx moths are out and about, and sunflowers, aster, goldenrod and arrowhead are gracing our landscape as well.

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