Friday: Outdoors

The birds and the trees

MARQUETTE — Who knew that studying the connection between insects, birds and trees could end up being like a chemistry experiment? Birds eat insects from some trees, yet leave others untouched. Why? It could be that when the insects begin to munch on leaves, the trees send out a “help ...

Meteor showers provide stunning displays

“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.” — Don Henley/Glenn Frey It seems like it was a lifetime ago, when I used to spend a good deal of time exploring the fascinating nighttime world of the Devil’s Punchbowl area, a geologic attraction situated not far from California’s ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Strong winds scattered the fish. A few lake trout were caught near Granite Island, the white rocks and off Shot Point. A couple coho were caught near Shot Point. • Au Train: Lake trout were caught in front of Au Train Island and Shelter Bay. • Munising: A ...

USFS project benefits wildlife

GLADSTONE — Black-backed woodpeckers have unique habitat needs. During periods without wildfires, these birds live in small, dispersed populations in unburned stands of conifer trees. However, after a large wildfire that burns into the treetops, black-backed woodpecker population predictably ...

Snake River Canyon remains bridge too far

“I know every inch of highway, every foot of backroad, every mile of railroad track.” — Mark Lindsay/Keith Allison If you were like us, back in those days, you knew the height of every crack in every displaced, or frost-heaved section of sidewalk from your house to the playgrounds, or ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Good numbers of coho were still being caught in top 30 of waters 50 to 60 feet deep in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Short cores and copper, dipsies and downriggers have all taken fish. Lots of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island in 130 to 200 ...

Having a ‘lake-ation’

HARVEY — Fourteen-year-old Ruben Meza of downstate Madison Heights could have spent last Friday beachcombing along Lake Superior. Instead, he worked the stretch of land along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail near the Michigan Welcome Center. The site, located along U.S. 41 by Lake Superior, is a ...

American roadtrip pastime an adventure

“I like big cars, like the one that’s sitting in my grandpa’s yard.” — Heather Myles As I sat down recently to the television news, I heard a thud — a big thud, the kind that likely echoed all the way around the girth of this big old world. The unsettling noise, followed by an ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Limits or near limits of coho were taken in the top 30 feet in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Limits of lake trout were caught between the "white rocks" and Granite Island. Those running high lines also caught the occasional steelhead, brown trout or ...

In color: Marquette author releasing third edition of book

MARQUETTE — Wounded deer getting away from their hunters has been an issue, and most likely will be for some time to come. This is the topic of a new book by Marquette author Richard P. Smith, which actually is the third edition of “Tracking Wounded Deer,” which is subtitled “How to ...

Visit to Indiana provides new sights, sounds

“It will fill you with emotion, if you let it be your guide so turn around; turn around, it’s on the other side.” — Kerry Livgren In the uncomfortable heat and humidity of a late south-central Indiana afternoon, like a character in a Lewis Carroll novel, I ventured through the mirror ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Little Bay De Noc: The walleye action was slow. Most fish were caught from the Escanaba River south to the Ford River. Near the Escanaba River, anglers were trolling a crawler harness in 18 to 24 feet. Off Breezy Point, anglers were using a crawler harness or stick baits just ...

Battling alien invasion

NEGAUNEE — They weren’t trying to be killjoys for boaters or anglers enjoying a day on the Dead River Basin in Negaunee Township. However, local conservationists and local utility officials took part in “Landing Blitz 2017” July 7 to help spread the word about combating the spread of ...

What’s flying: Changes begin as summer marches on

“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” — Pamela Hansford Johnson The sun paints it own tones across the summer landscape, highlighting each shade in bright, unclouded moments, dampening all the colors, especially the greens and reds, on cloudy days, and ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island. Depths vary day to day but 150 to 200 feet was the typical range. A couple limits of coho were taken in both harbors in 20 feet and a couple chinook were caught. • Little Bay De Noc: ...

Outdoors North: Wild berries another reason to visit woods

“Deep as the sea and as wild as the weather, we will go just you and me to pick wild strawberries together.” — Gordon Lightfoot On a recent walk along a section of an old Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic railroad bed, there in the day’s fading sunlight, I came upon a sight I didn’t ...

Assessing Dead River lampreys

MARQUETTE — A little chemistry mixed with Dead River habitat could go a long way into the never-ending battle against the invasive sea lamprey. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment crew has been surveying streams to find lampreys, with those streams to include the Dead River as well ...

Childhood memory had a lifelong imprint

“Underneath that tree, there's just gonna be you and me; underneath that apple suckling tree oh yeah.” – Bob Dylan As I recall, it was a warm afternoon under an azure sky, along the county road, in a place where the lumberman’s axe and saw had felled more than a hundred trees. I ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay Jigging or bobbing for lake trout was fair with most fish in the two-pound range. Coho and brown trout fishing was good when trolling orange spoons in the top 20 feet of waters 50 feet or deeper. At the South Entry, coho and brown trout were caught around the ...

Pretty pathway

MARQUETTE — Like any home, the Trestle Corridor has to be constantly maintained. A crew from the Marquette County Conservation District gathered Thursday morning to pull invasive weeds from the demonstration garden the district tends. Anyone who regularly walks down Fourth Street just ...