Friday: Outdoors

Snowmobile safety

MARQUETTE — Snowmobile safety is stressed every winter, but it can be easy to forget while having fun on a machine in the Great Outdoors. With varying amounts of snowfall so far this season across the northern section of the state — and with the recent heavy snowfall in the Marquette ...

Winter is for the birds so don’t waste it

“In the wintertime, when all the leaves are brown and the wind blows so chill, and the birds have all flown for the summer.” — Steve Miller Over the past couple of weeks, a large influx of feathered winter visitors has been sighted across cities and towns of the Upper Peninsula, ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Little Bay De Noc: Anglers were only fishing the head of the Bay and near Gladstone with the exception of the Escanaba Yacht Harbor as no anglers were fishing the southern waters because the area had open water. The bite was slow. Perch were caught on minnows in 22 feet near ...

Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species

TRAVERSE CITY — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first told The ...

Talkin’ trout

MARQUETTE — Coldwater fisheries have their own set of challenges, and local anglers — particularly brook trout enthusiasts — generally like to hear about those issues. Henry Quinlan, fisheries biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Lake Superior Basin Fishery ...

State replete with recreational opportunities

“I’m goin’ up the country, baby don’t you wanna go.” — Alan Wilson Over the past half-century, recreation has exploded in Michigan, producing an industry contributing nearly $19 billion annually to the state’s economy, according to a recent report by Northern Michigan ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Inland lakes along the west end had ice especially the small to mid-size lakes. Anglers were pike fishing on Lake Antoine in Dickinson County and Stager Lake in Iron County. Many of the smaller lakes across the region were producing some nice catches of panfish. - Gogebic: ...

PROTECTING MICHIGAN’S BATS

ONTONAGON — The scene was surreal — like something you’d see in a science fiction movie, particularly a B-movie creature feature. Outside the entrance to a dark winding cave, at the foot of a steep, rocky, leaf-strewn bluff, a team of scientific researchers dressed in white, full-length ...

Finding your inspiration in the new year

“I know he'd be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly” — John Denver More than 40 years ago, singer-songwriter John Denver was camping with friends near Williams Lake in Colorado, at the timberline, during the August Perseid meteor shower. That moonless night the sky would ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Thin ice cover was reported in some of the sheltered bays and along the shoreline of Lake Superior. Inland lakes in the western end had ice starting to form but caution is advised. On the east end, lakes were ice and snow covered. Many have tracks where anglers have tested the ...

EAGLE SOARS

MARQUETTE — Perhaps one of the most recognizable birds in North America is the bald eagle. These regal raptors, with distinctive all-white heads and chocolate-brown bodies, are the symbol of the United States. The year 2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States ...

Snowbirds of all stripes common in region

“The snowbird sings the song he always sings and speaks to me of flowers that will bloom again in spring.” — Gene MacLellan In the Upper Peninsula, the snowbirds many of us are most familiar with wing their way to Florida, Arizona or Texas this time or year, looking to avoid ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Thin ice cover was reported in some of the sheltered bays and along the shoreline of Lake Superior. Inland lakes in the western end had ice starting to form but caution is advised. On the east end, lakes were ice and snow covered. Many have tracks where anglers have tested the ...

Outdoors North: Winter wildlife watching a joy in own right

“I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty.” — Amelia Earhart Wildlife watchers who live in wooded parts of the Upper Peninsula and enjoy feeding wild birds might want to keep binoculars and a flashlight close to the picture window when the sun goes down. For ...

Busy year

MARQUETTE — Timber harvesting, habitat assessment and invasive species control highlighted the Marquette County Conservation District’s year. Staff as well as board members and the community met at Marquette Mountain Wednesday for the district’s annual meeting where 2016 highlights were ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula ≤ Menominee River: Those fishing below the Hattie Street Dam have caught whitefish on wax worms or steelhead and brown trout on cast-masters. ≤ Little Bay De Noc: Had a decent perch bite in the shallows. Perch rigs with minnows worked best.

Skijoring 2.0

MARQUETTE — Cross-country skiing can be challenging. Walking an active dog in snow can be challenging. Try doing both at the same time. However, many people manage to take part in skijoring, as that activity is called, and not only do they excel at it, they enjoy it. And so do the ...

Dark skies mean great viewing of the heavens

“The skies of North America are covered in stars, over factories and farms, over hamlets and bars.” — Gordon Lightfoot Many parts of the Upper Peninsula are blessed with magnificent dark skies for viewing the wonders of the heavens. Away from towns, especially with a cold ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula - Menominee River: Those fishing below the Hattie Street Dam have caught whitefish on wax worms or steelhead and brown trout on cast-masters. - Little Bay De Noc: Had a decent perch bite in the shallows. Perch rigs with minnows worked best. — Michgan ...

Wintertime warmers

MARQUETTE — North Dakota probably isn’t the most hospitable of states in the winter, weather-wise. And harsh winds and snow most likely wouldn’t make life any more comfortable for the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. However, a local group is trying to make things easier for ...