Grazing as a public good in Western Minnesota

As a Nature Conservancy scientist based in a Midwestern state, Steve Chaplin thinks a lot about the impact agriculture has on ecological treasures such as native tallgrass prairie.


Dog Park detective: Alpine Off-Leash Dog Park

The Day: Sunday, July 13th, a cool and breezy 66 degrees

The Dog: Snuggly Buggly, a Border Collie mix

The Park: Alpine Off-leash Dog Park (off of Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Alpine Drive in Ramsey)

The Amenities: Large fenced-in park with a doggie drinking fountain, dog duty pick-up bags, and picnic benches


Decline in hunting permits shows shifting leisure trends

The romantic image of the hunter in Minnesota’s popular culture will continue to hold substantial weight with many Minnesotans. However, this image is becoming increasingly inaccurate. From our history as a leader in the fur trapping industry during the 18th and 19th centuries to annual expeditions for the November deer hunting season opener, Minnesotan’s relationship with hunting can be described as quixotic at best. We're not hunting nearly as much as we thought we were.


Research funding boost to help new University Bee Lab facility in battle against waning honeybee population

Bee Squad team member Chris Kulhanek carries a frame from a hive at the rooftop apiary at Urban Ventures in south Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Recent state allocations will partially fund the construction of a new University Bee Lab on the St. Paul campus. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Midsummer sunrays beamed on Monday as University of Minnesota researchers let a swarm of buzzing honeybees loose, allowing them to forage nearby fields before returning to the experiment’s site on the St. Paul campus.


Lonesome Valley: Orphaned kittens complicate summer

With the warmer weather, I was really starting to like retirement. I was enjoying breakfast outside on the patio while other people were rushing off to work. I was working daily in my garden, off and on during the day, cooking something on the grill, and maybe catching a movie in the evening. That was all before Frosty, Smokey, Stormy, Stripy, and Spotty took over my life.


E-DEMOCRACY | Wildlife marauders in St. Paul

Photo by Nina Stawski, Some rights reserved, published under Creative Commons license.

Gail O'Hare posted at 7:00pm, Jun 28:

Over the past two nights, lilies along the side of our house have been savaged by something. What's going on? This has NEVER happened before, and those treasured lilies have bloomed there for at least 15 years. Neither rabbits nor deer ever touched them. There does seem to be a multitude of aggressive chipmunks (a contradiction in terms? uh-uh) that actually climbed tulips to bite off the flowers earlier this spring. But whatever is doing this makes the first bite about a foot off the ground and then munches leaves and buds clean off the fallen stalks.


The reluctant lover: A farm update

He called to say he'd be an hour late. A tiny inconvenience, but unavoidable. He'd had to drive to Eau Clare earlier in the day. Fortunately, the breeze was gentle. I didn't mind standing in the bright sunshine.


Plant a flower, save a bee

It isn’t just about sweet, sweet honey. Honeybees have been in the news a lot because of decline. But pollinators of all kinds are affected by habitat loss, pesticide use and disease. Pollinators include butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, honeybees (as European as the settlers who brought them to the Americas) as well as native bees, about 4000 species.


Orcas in Minnesota! 'Blackfish' screening

06/02/2014 - 6:30pm

"Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Dog Park detective: Lake of the Isles

The Day: May 22, a gorgeous and sunny 60 degrees

The Dog: Bella the Dutch Shepherd Mix (and one of our Special Dogs Seeking a Special Home)

The Park: Lake of the Isles Off-Leash Park in Minneapolis

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