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VIVIAN DELGADO COLUMN: Environmental and ecological balance: Where is the justice?
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Have you ever tried a staycation?
JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Summer reflections from Lake Julia
GENERATIONS: A trip on the ‘Old Bay Line’
GENERATIONS: Milk snakes, fairy diddles and goatsuckers
Around the Arts, Oct. 22
PATT RALL COLUMN: Beautiful days still abound in the Bemidji area
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BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Sandhill cranes possess power, grace and beauty
PAUL NELSON FISHING: Good boat control, taking it slow are keys to fall fishing
MASTER GARDENERS: Do I have to?
PAUL NELSON FISHING COLUMN: Fish on the move for fall
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Living with the ladybugs in Minnesota
Tom & Linda Peterson
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Fielding Questions: Dipladenia can be wintered successfully
GROWING TOGETHER: Autumn checklist for putting yard and garden to bed
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BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: The mice are everywhere it seems
Chance are good that by now you have heard (or have experienced firsthand!) about the burgeoning mouse population in Minnesota. People all over are reporting observing mice everywhere—in their houses, garages, vehicles, sheds, wood piles . . . you name it. The cyclic nature...
October 23, 2016 - 8:00am
October 9, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Take a look around at the wild wonders of the outdoors
Ecology, or the relations of organisms to one another and to their surrounding physical environment, include near limitless examples the world over. Some of the more interesting and fascinating examples involve pollinators and seed dispersal mechanisms.
October 9, 2016 - 6:28am
October 2, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: Snow buntings at home in Minnesota winters
It might be hard to think of now, especially with the bright fall colors of autumn still clinging to trees and the brilliant gold of tamarack yet to come, but snow could arrive most any day as October wanes and migrant birds evacuate Minnesota for warmer climates. Indeed, November...
October 2, 2016 - 8:15am
September 18, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK COLUMN: You’ll never know what you’ll find in the bird house
Ah, the joys of peeking inside of bird houses to see what’s inside! Indeed, over the years, I’ve had plenty of surprises, including a few disappointments, from managing artificial nest boxes. From nuthatches in wood duck boxes to flying squirrels in bluebird houses to nothing...
September 18, 2016 - 6:01am
September 11, 2016
Blane Klemek: Minnesota is still home to sharp-tailed grouse
Once upon a time in Minnesota, there was a bird — a game bird — that was more numerous and popular than any other species of game bird. It wasn’t the ring-necked pheasant, as many would believe, or the ruffed grouse, or the prairie chicken. It wasn’t any species of waterfowl,...
September 11, 2016 - 12:26am
September 4, 2016
Blane Klemek: Whitetail deer are beautiful and fascinating animals
September’s here, and along with it comes the end of summer, the season’s first frosts, autumn colors and the glorious fall months of the Northland. We’re already noticing the telltale signs — some songbirds are beginning their migration south, hummingbirds have become less...
September 4, 2016 - 12:25am
August 28, 2016
Blane Klemek: Observations on the American crow
Crows are one of the most common and abundant Minnesota birds. Related to ravens, jays and magpies, not many birds are entirely black such as crows are. Except for perhaps with the raven, few birds can be confused with the American crow. Indeed, the crow — adaptable, intelligent...
August 28, 2016 - 12:31am
August 21, 2016
Blane Klemek: Shrikes are some of the more fascinating birds out there
I once watched a curious looking bird hovering above a clump of dead grass alongside a woodland. Gray in plumage, and about the size of a robin, the bird surprised me when it abruptly plummeted to the ground and disappeared into the tall vegetation. I stood still a few moments wondering...
August 21, 2016 - 12:25am
August 14, 2016
Blane Klemek: Wolves have natural role in healthy ecosystem
I once followed a set of wolf tracks on a sandbar along the Goodnews River in southwestern Alaska’s Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. I wondered if the lone wolf had been hunting or if it was a lone male searching for a territory, a mate, or was simply trying to avoid detection by...
August 14, 2016 - 12:58am
August 7, 2016
Blane Klemek: Thoughts on orioles and hummingbirds
Every year, come mid-May — if not a little sooner — expect your resident hummingbirds and orioles to come a ‘knocking for a handout. Always the males making their return trips to the Northland first and ahead of the lagging females, they’ll usually do a decent job of letting...
August 7, 2016 - 12:51am
July 31, 2016
Blane Klemek: Tales and adventures of a biologist
Ask any wildlife biologist, forester, fisheries biologist, field ecologist and others why they chose the career they did, you will likely get responses as varied as each of their own individual backgrounds, personalities and hometowns. Yet, I would bet that most natural resource...
July 31, 2016 - 12:55am
July 24, 2016
Blane Klemek: Nests are nearly as fascinating as the birds themselves
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 24, 2016 - 12:02am
July 17, 2016
Blane Klemek: Observing bird songs of the seasons
Several nights I sat on my deck watching a dazzling display of fireflies, a.k.a., “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 alive with...
July 17, 2016 - 12:16am
July 10, 2016
BLANE KLEMEK: The skinny on striped and spotted skunks
Few animals — perhaps none — are regarded by people with more malice than skunks. The common human reaction to the mere mention of this modest mammal is nothing less than a universally held contempt of the creature. Which is interesting, since the skunk seeks no one, stalks no...
July 10, 2016 - 12:43am
July 3, 2016
Blane Klemek: Encounters with chimney swifts
Among the most aerial of birds, whenever I have gazed skyward to watch chimney swifts I’ve never once thought the acrobatic bird looked like flying cigars as so often are they’re described as resembling. If the chimney swift must be compared to anything, I suggest they be likened...
July 3, 2016 - 12:50am