At the Envirothon, the student teams cycled through six different learning stations. At five of the stations — Forestry, Soils, Water Quality, Wildlife, and Current Events (a current environmental topic that changes each year) — the students were given a short presentation on that subject by several natural resource professionals who used the outdoors as well as their own props to add to the learning. Teams were then given a 20-point exam relating to that station's topic.
Bats. Just hearing the word makes many of us start screaming, covering our heads and running for shelter. But bats aren't bad. They are amazing and important — but very misunderstood — little creatures! First, let's deal with those myths about bats. No, bats aren't dirty. They are actually very clean and groom themselves just like cats. In addition, the bacteria in bat guano (feces) is actually helpful in improving soaps and antibiotics.
As part of the Matinee Musicale Series, “The Dotys” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. Karl Doty is the son of Jeanne and Dan Doty of Moose Lake and the grandson of Alyce Santa of Duluth. The whole family are staunch Finns. Karl, a bassist, and his wife, Liesl, a violinist and fiddler, are both known as outstanding performers and have performed all over the world.
The end of each year is a traditional time for looking back and celebrating the year's accomplishments and progress. It is also the traditional time to look forward to the...
From aquatics to forestry, invasive species to land management, soils to water resources, population growth to mining, Wester's class projects cover wide and varied subjects in unusual, innovative ways, some using extensive external resources, and all designed to interest her students and ignite the "spark" of learning and understanding.
It's also a good time of year to take advantage of and attend any Finnish performances, workshops, speakers, and other activities that come to our Northland.
Olson hasn't done any of this work for recognition. He has done it for the love of the land, the river, the forest … for the love of the fish, the birds, the wildlife, for the love of his children, his grandchildren, the future. And, he says, at his age, the work he's doing is "my final legacy."
For 54 years, the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been recognizing and honoring local people for the work they have done to preserve and conserve the natural resources of Carlton County. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 2015 Carlton SWCD Conservation Awards Program honored four recipients.
Right now, my mind and body are protesting, "But, summer just started! And there's only a month left!" In just a few (too few!) days, summer will be winding down and getting ready to end! Although I've managed to get out to a few Finnish events, this summer has been filled with a lot of work. But, at least, a good share of our summer projects have been "in the great outdoors" so I've at least been able to enjoy many of the nice summer days!
What do you know about birds? Are you one who says that a bird is a bird is a bird?