While ice out came early in southern Minnesota, up here in the North Woods, it’s still full-on winter. After a warm storm dumped rain and stirred Lake Superior into a wave crashing rage, an abrupt cold snap reminded us that winter was still here. Nighttime temperatures fell below zero and hovered
When I was a kid, “the River” was part of my life. We went fishing there, shot ducks in the fall and often just roamed, either in the boat or along its banks. For my father, who’d grown up in the Gary-New Duluth neighborhood of far western Duluth, the River was as familiar as his own backyard
The wolves on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale are dying out. The national park’s most famous residents have dwindled to two related and aging animals that are unlikely to breed. It won’t be long until the wolves are no more. In the past, wolves have occasionally traveled to the island when an ice
It’s a little crazy that you can build a successful trade show around a bird. But the ring-necked pheasant isn’t just any bird. Pheasant Fest, the annual get-together for the conservation organization Pheasants Forever, was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center last weekend, drawing a record-setting
Last Saturday afternoon, a tiny boreal owl appeared in my backyard. I don’t know where it came from; there were no tracks around it in the fresh snow. When I walked up to it, the little owl was barely upright. It seemed unaware of my presence.
At first I thought perhaps the owl had flown into a window.
They say every wolf has a raven. Maybe so, because I once watched a raven closely follow a wolf as it ambled up someone’s driveway. Here on the North Shore, there are more than enough ravens to go around. I hear them croak as they pass overhead nearly every morning when I step outside with my dogs.