The latest issue for May 2017 is out! Make sure you pick up a hard copy on the newsstands or check out the preview of the online digital copy below!
Have you been serenaded by spring peepers? Do you feel like summer is nearly here when you see marsh marigolds in bloom? Ever pass the time watching a beaver busy at work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in for a treat with this issue of Northern Wilds, which we’ve dedicated to wetlands. Within this region lie the headwaters of the Great Lakes and Hudson’s Bay watersheds. The many lakes and streams that feed these great waterways are in turn nourished by the flows of bogs, swamps, springs and marshes—wetlands too numerous to count.
Nearly all of these wetlands are pristine or nearly so, which is not always the case in more populated regions. Nevertheless, our wetlands need protection. That’s why Kelsey Roseth sat down with one of our best-known defenders of water and wetlands, octogenarian Dave Zentner of Duluth, to learn what we can do to keep our waters clean. In contrast, Casey Fitchett talked with an up-and-coming clean water advocate, 11-year-old Olya Wright of Grand Marais, about the efforts of her Nordic Nature Group to raise the awareness of adults regarding local environmental issues. When it comes to age, Dave and Olya are 70 years apart, but they share a passion for clean water and the great outdoors.
You might say this issue is all wet. Emily Stone tells us about spring frogs. Teacher Chris Dube describes working with his students to set up a simple, yet sophisticated classroom aquaponics system. We also welcome new writer Ali Juten, who reports on an innovative streamside clinic to teach women how to fly-fish for steelhead. Our favorite fisherman, Gord Ellis offers stories and advice for fishing from a canoe. Meanwhile, the intrepid Eric Chandler ventures with his family deep into the wilds of Wisconsin to discover some lovely waterfalls along Lake Superior’s South Shore. A Thunder Bay woman who loves fishing is profiled by Kim Casey.
We have stories from indoors and on dry land, too. Elle Andra-Warner translates some quirky Canadian terms. Julia Prinselaar makes the case for growing native flowers in your garden. Maren Webb tours restaurants that make a point of catering to vegetarians. Kim Falter gives us the rundown on spring greens. Breana Roy shares some of the art that will be displayed during the Art Along the Shore event this month. Speaking of Breana, she is participating in a big event in Grand Marais, the third annual Cook County YMCA dance performance, for which she is one of the instructors and choreographers.
May is a busy month for many folks across the Northern Wilds as they get ready for summer. We’ll be busy here at our offices with publications, special projects and print jobs. But we’ll still set aside some time for fun. You should, too. Spring is here. Don’t let it get away.—Shawn Perich and Amber Pratt