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May 20, 2019
An American bittern pauses and blends in with the swamp plants. Note the streaks on the undersides. Photo courtesy of Mark Sparky Stensaas
Northland Nature: The weird sound coming from the swamp
May 20, 2019 - 7:21am
May 12, 2019
In Carlton County, a ruby-crowned kinglet as we are most likely to see it: only about 4 inches long. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: A surprising bird at the feeder
May 12, 2019 - 11:56am
May 7, 2019
A group of blood roots bloom on the forest floor on a May day. Note eight white petals and the large leaf. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Blood roots add white petals to woods flora
May 7, 2019 - 11:45am
April 28, 2019
Twigs from red maples with male flowers (above) and female flowers (below). Note the different structures and colors. They usually grow on separate trees. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: This is red maples' flowering time
April 28, 2019 - 5:51am
April 22, 2019
Note the growth of new leaves and reproductive stalks on this growth of mosses. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Mosses begin greening in woods
April 22, 2019 - 10:50am
Nature columnist and retired Barnum teacher Larry Weber won an award from the Independent Books Publisher Association for his book, "Web Watching: A Guide to Webs and the Spiders That Make Them." Andee Erickson / Pine Journal
Larry Weber's journey to web-watching
April 22, 2019 - 6:41am
April 16, 2019
A male ruffed grouse drums on his home log, proclaiming territorial ownership and trying to attract a female. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Another early morning bird sound
April 16, 2019 - 7:11am
April 7, 2019
Migrant flocks of Canada geese and trumpeter swans rest in open water on an early spring day. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Geese, swans in open water
April 7, 2019 - 8:56am
March 25, 2019
An early migrant – a male red-winged blackbird – sings in a swamp. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Looking for the very early migrants
March 25, 2019 - 6:26am
March 20, 2019
A funnel-web spider rests at the entrance of its web on a winter day. The web is in a corner of a basement of a house. Yes, they also winter with us. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: They also wintered with us
March 20, 2019 - 6:17am
March 12, 2019
The snowpack in the woods is usually the greatest for the whole season. Here it is on a March day. Note the sunlight penetrating and the slight melting at the base of many trees, "tree circles." Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Snowpack in the March woods
March 12, 2019 - 6:36am
March 3, 2019
A male hairy woodpecker feeds on suet in late winter. They frequently use their beaks to drum on trees at this time, to proclaim home territory and to try to get the attention of a mate. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Woodpecker drumming winter to spring
March 3, 2019 - 10:39am
February 24, 2019
Rime frost as it appeared on tree branches earlier this month. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: February brings rime, rope
February 24, 2019 - 9:18am
February 18, 2019
A red-backed vole forages on a February day in a spruce forest. Note the fur color and small tail. Photo courtesy of Mark Sparky Stensaas
Northland Nature: Red-backed voles in the spruce woods
February 18, 2019 - 6:15am
February 12, 2019
A group of about a dozen goldfinches alight on a feeder, dining on thistle feed. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Arrival of the goldfinches
February 12, 2019 - 11:05am