Environment & Outdoors

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We speak with Rolf Weberg, the Executive Director of the NRRI (Natural Resources Research Institute) about their onging mission, now 35 years along, to develop sustainable, natural resource-based industries, to inform environmental management and policy, to support business and entrepreneurial opportunities, and to assist industry and communities in defining and maintaining the social license to operate.

Photo courtesy of Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Are there environmental concerns about Minnesota's wild rice sustainability? The Sea Grant Files host Jesse Scomberg shares environmental research  and Native American history of the aquatic grass seed, otherwise known as wild rice.  Listen for more about the scientific research around sulfide and wild rice in Minnesota.

MN Sea Grant Wild Rice resources

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(Larry Weber doesn't get to be an expert naturalist by sitting on his couch.  But if he's doing to be on the road, once in a while, he's going to be without cell service.  That's what happened this morning, but Larry called in at 9:00am to apologize, to remind us that August is still awesome, to watch the Perseids this weekend, and that by the time he joins us next week, chances are Hawk Ridge wi

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This week's Green Visions features audio from the Thursday, August 2 press conference by the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

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Master gardener Tom Kasper reminds us spring's not the only time to plant, and if your annuals are beginning to get tired, dead-headin' may solve the problem.

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Some things that fly are starting to think about migration (bird, monarchs), some are thinking about starting families (goldfinches), some things with leaves (sumac, Virginia creeper) are thinking about fall color and some things that like walks (Larry Weber) are starting to think about spiders, shorter days and berries.

Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

When the video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw lodged in its nose (taken by a marine biologist and posted to YouTube) went viral, the conversation about single-use plastics heated up again.

Jamie Harvie of Bag it Duluth says yes, video like that is compelling, but we need a more holistic way to think about these issues, and, in the process, re-establish the connectedness to one another that people are hungry for.

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The Superior Hiking Trail Association and the City of Duluth are partnering to create a new section of trail:  a loop at Ely's Peak, soon to be the third of the "Triple Crown of Superior Hiking Trail Loops" in Duluth. 

Do we appreciate that we have a National Scenic Trail running right through our city?

Or should "Minnesota Brag-gy" become a thing?

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Parsing the difference between "equality" and "equity" is the kind of thing you might expect in a school assignment.

The Duluth School Board is trying to do just that when it comes to compensatory education funds for schools, but the Education Equity Alliance, the Duluth Indigenous Commission, the local NAACP and several other community groups are giving them low marks so far.

People who would like more information on the work of the Education Equity Alliance can contact Dr. Mary Owen here:

Lake Superior Harvest Festival 9/8

Jul 29, 2018
Perfect Duluth Day

The Harvest Festival is an annual event put on by the Lake Superior Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association. This fun family festival will feature one of largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, an energy fair, handmade crafts, nonprofit showcase, live demonstrations, educational exhibits and a food court. Entry and parking are free to the public.

Date: Saturday, September 8

Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

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Larry Weber shares weather almanac from the past month, nearly the warmest July on record and basically no rainfall as reported by the National Weather Service.  Monarchs, dragonflies and berries are all out while the songbirds have quieted down. The show-stealer today is the full moon, lunar eclipse and the close, viewable mars. Looking like mostly clear skies should allow for great sky watching this weekend.

NPR on The Moon and Mars

Animal Allies and Bent Paddle Brewing Co. have teamed up to raise awareness and funds. Dr. Shawna Weaver joins us with a preview of this months event, Animals & Environment, happening at the Bent Paddle Taproom, Wednesday, July 25, 4-6pm.  

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Tom Kasper reminds us of the basics, water your plants.  At this stage of summer, as plants grow bigger, they need consistent watering.

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Even as he was being devoured alive by mosquitos, our intrepid Backyard Almanac host, Larry Weber,  reported some weather stats for the first half of July, the latest arrivals on the wildflower scene, and - gulp! - some early migrants and some leaf color already!

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Jesse Schomberg says calling Superior a "lake" lulls people into a false sense of security.

Actually, it's oceanic in a lot of ways, expecially when it comes to waves and rip currents.

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