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The fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies
Zebra mussels found in lakes near Vergas, Alexandria
Upcoming fair fun for all
Deputy injured when his vehicle was hit while responding to crash near Detroit Lakes
Frazee Turkey Days set for July 29-31
Celebrate reading achievements with an ‘Olympian’ event
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ opens July 28
Detroit Mt. to host first ‘bike-in movie theater’
Erasure Poetry Workshop set July 29 in New York Mills
Becker County Fair Premium List
Celebrating Solstice at Richwood Winery
June Summer Scene
Biking becoming bigger with area trails
Get out and golf
July 23, 2016
Birds vary wildly in how, where they build nests
Neither the ability to fly (because some birds cannot fly at all) nor their ability to lay eggs (because many other creatures lay eggs, such as insects, reptiles, amphibians, and even some mammals) sets birds apart from other creatures. Rather, that distinction belongs to a very unique...
July 23, 2016 - 5:15am
July 16, 2016
Birds are singing to mark territory, win mates
For several nights I sat on my deck watching a dazzling display of fireflies, also known as, “lightening bugs.” Most shone lights of green, some were reddish, but all were glowing and blinking everywhere in the darkness. And just a few weeks ago, the pond next to the house was...
July 16, 2016 - 5:00am
July 9, 2016
Skunks are misunderstood, wrongly despised
Few animals — perhaps none — are regarded by people with more malice than skunks. The common human reaction by the mere mention of this modest mammal is nothing less than a universally held contempt of the creature, which is interesting in that the skunk seeks no one, stalks no...
July 9, 2016 - 5:15am
June 25, 2016
These two birds are way easier to hear than see
As long as I shall live I will forever be thankful for the three glorious summers that I spent conducting wildlife research throughout the prairie potholes of Stutsman and Wells counties in east central North Dakota. I surveyed nearly countless numbers of birds and stood witness to...
June 25, 2016 - 5:35am
June 11, 2016
The friendly, docile chipmunk occupies nearly every woodland in MN
When I was a young boy on the farm I often acquired and kept wild animals as pets. I had three raccoons, a gray squirrel, a skink, frogs, salamanders, snakes, turtles, pheasants, a mallard, and even a few northern pike, sunfish, and bullheads that I tried to keep alive in the livestock’s...
June 11, 2016 - 5:20am
June 4, 2016
Human, bear encounters will continue to occur
Every year around this time American black bears find themselves in “sticky” situations. Perhaps it’s a raid on an apiarist’s bee yard, or an untimely head-dive into a campground garbage can or dumpster, or, more commonly, backyard birdfeeder break-ins. Whatever the case may...
June 4, 2016 - 5:05am
May 28, 2016
The wonderfully wild world of wetlands
Nearly every wood duck nesting box that I’ve installed around my property at Assawa Lake is occupied by wood duck and hooded merganser hens this spring. I’ve been enjoying watching and listening to common snipe winnowing throughout the early mornings and late evenings, as well...
May 28, 2016 - 5:20am
May 21, 2016
Yellow-headed blackbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker return with warmth
Clearwater County’s Upper Rice Lake, the source of the Wild Rice River, is one of Minnesota’s most important shallow lakes. And at 1,860 acres in size, the lake is certainly one of the largest as well. The basin is replete with wild rice and wild birds. Managed for wild rice production,...
May 21, 2016 - 5:05am
May 14, 2016
Some Minnesota birds are actually very intelligent
Some people might mistake a bird’s lack of facial expressiveness as perhaps demonstrative of a lesser intelligence. After all, a bird cannot smile, laugh, or scowl; and thus, the theory might go, must therefore be emotionless and possibly unintelligent. Nothing further could be...
May 14, 2016 - 5:45am
May 7, 2016
Porcupines are Minnesota’s quiet little forest fellows
Several autumns ago while hunting ruffed grouse on a warm and sunny afternoon, I noticed a dark blob in the canopy of a small birch tree. At first I thought it was a gray squirrel nest, but something wasn’t quite right about it so I approached it for a closer look. I soon discovered...
May 7, 2016 - 5:30am
April 30, 2016
Wild turkeys are, once again, abundant in Minnesota
It’s turkey time in Minnesota. Thousands of hunters began “flocking” to the woods once again beginning on April 13th to participate in a pastime that many call an addiction. My introduction to turkey hunting was in 2010 at an event called “Teens Meet Toms”. Coordinated by...
April 30, 2016 - 5:25am
April 23, 2016
Can’t help but appreciate the great blue heron
The great blue heron is an attractive bird to observe. Though somewhat gangly and oversized in physical stature, the bird is graceful in flight, remarkably stealthy when hunting for food, and is bejeweled with beautifully colored plumage. Formerly belonging to the avian order Ciconiiformes,...
April 23, 2016 - 5:30am
April 16, 2016
Get outdoors, listen for the vocals of ovenbirds, thrushes
There’s an avian assembly of woodland wonders that I find especially alluring. Arriving to the Northland by late April and early May and departing in late summer and early fall are the numerous species of woodland thrushes and the charming little ovenbird. Many people look forward...
April 16, 2016 - 5:05am
April 9, 2016
Trumpeting swans announce spring’s arrival in MN
Springtime is my favorite season. While autumn is a close second, spring is the time of year when everything comes back to life. Winter has lost its icy grip and has slowly given way to warmer days and soon-to-be greenery and ice-free lakes. And of course, there’s a little thing...
April 9, 2016 - 5:30am
April 2, 2016
American goldfinch a ‘splash of feathered sunshine’
It is interesting to note that the common loon wasn’t always the endeared and obvious pick for Minnesota’s official state bird. There were several other contenders for the honor (and I should point out, very good considerations). For example, in a 1961 article that appeared in...
April 2, 2016 - 5:05am