Friday: Outdoors

Let it snow!

MARQUETTE — One way to get through the winter doldrums, other than hibernating inside your home watching television reruns, is to find a way to have fun with activities that involve snow. Even if they take place at night. In fact, that might be a more poetic and aesthetic setting. A good ...

Man shoots deer in front of duplex, DNR investigates

MOUNT PLEASANT — A dead deer found shot in the middle of a neighborhood, a set of hunting boot tracks, and a strange conversation led DNR officers to a man they say shot a deer in a residential Mount Pleasant area, using the glow of a nearby streetlight to illuminate his target. The ...

Outdoors North: Stars above spark insight for writer

“In a purple vision many thousand years ago, I saw the silent stranger walk the Earth alone.” — Buck Dharma and Sandy Roeser Driving down a snow-covered wintry road, the temperature was dropping like a rock from the top of a 10-story building, straight down and fast. The night was ...

Science, field investigation in action

MARQUETTE — White-tailed deer and beavers are prey animals of wolves, but the wolf diet might be more varied than previously thought. A team of biologists, including Northern Michigan University alumnus Tom Gable (‘16 MS) and master’s student Austin Homkes, has documented a pack of ...

Management area approved to combat deer disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A task force has established new restrictions on Native American tribal members’ transporting or disposing of deer carcasses within certain parts of Wisconsin due to the risk of spreading chronic wasting disease. The Voigt Intertribal Task Force approved a tribal ...

Concern spreads as fatal deer disease inches toward border

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hunters and state officials are concerned about the threat of chronic wasting disease among Indiana’s wild deer as the fatal disease creeps closer to the state’s borders. The Indianapolis Star reported that deer infected with chronic wasting disease have been found ...

Meet the squirrel

MARQUETTE — It’s not exactly peak acorn-planting season, but eventually squirrels will search for these nuts, which, if they don’t eat right away, they bury in the ground for later consumption. Sometimes, however, those acorns are forgotten, and oak trees are the result. Oak trees are ...

Outdoors North

“In the wintertime, when all the leaves are brown and the wind blows, so chill,” — Steve Miller With the sun beginning to drop out of the warm afternoon sky, shadows of tall, elderly white pine trees were lying across the cracked pavement, the faded broken yellow line that split the ...

Rock climbing is becoming more popular in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota is flat. Peaks are mounds and valleys are riverbeds. Yet, in a place where skyscrapers in downtown reach as high as one can get, one sport has gripped the population with an unconditional allure: rock climbing. Brought here in the late 1980s by a vagabond crew of ...

Murmurs from Mars inspires creativity

“It’s a goony, loony place we’re coming from.” — Tonio K. The sound was eerie. It was a low rumbling, pulsating that seemed to go right through me. I listened again. This time, it was even more unsettling. It made me wonder if I was really hearing it or just feeling it through my ...

Serious fungal disease discovered

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reports that boxwood blight, a “serious fungal disease,” has been detected in the Great Lakes State for the very first time. Boxwood blight attacks boxwood, a popular landscape shrub, and has proven to be a costly ...

Long-running study

SKANDIA — Experiments don’t always have to take place in a laboratory with beakers and flasks. Many people might not realize a small — if you want to call 5,500 acres small — experimental research forest lies within the Hiawatha National Forest. The Dukes Experimental Forest, ...

Conservation officer’s life

MARQUETTE — The life of a conservation officer can be gratifying, frustrating and sometimes amusing. COs are responsible for enforcing laws and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Fully licensed as peace officers and stationed in almost every ...

Outdoors North

“Wind at your window, screams while you sleep. You live near your fire as the winter blows by.” — Steve Forbert As the metal storm door clicked shut behind me, I almost immediately sensed the mildness of the air meeting my face, warm for a winter’s evening. The wind was dead or at ...

Nature is everywhere, even downtown Detroit

“I want to fly like an eagle to the sea; fly like an eagle let my spirit carry me; I want to fly like an eagle, ‘till I’m free, fly through the revolution.” — Steve Miller Sitting in the passenger seat, the car sped along the interstate on a cold, gray day. I sat watching out the ...

‘Go Find’

MARQUETTE — There are many ways to perish in the outdoors, but certainly one of the worst has to be in an avalanche where an onslaught of snow can consume its victims. Susan Purvis, formerly of Marquette, has written a memoir, “Go Find,” which tells the story of her searching for ...

Gone fishin’ 11/30/18

UPPER PEninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported good to excellent catches with many doing best in the "Narrows" when trolling stick baits in and around 30 feet. Some limit catches were reported. Those fishing the reefs off Kipling reported good catches in 25 to 35 feet. Boat ...

The world is filled with beautiful blues

“Sometimes love will bloom in the springtime, then like flowers in summer it will grow, then just fade away in the winter when the cold winds begin to blow,” Joe Tanner Beautiful deep shades of blue continued to permeate my world as the moon, skulking, began to slowly climb out from ...

‘Galileo’ finds new home at library

MARQUETTE — Galileo now shares a residence with Isaac. The Marquette Astronomical Society on Tuesday donated a new telescope, named Galileo, to the Peter White Public Library where the item can be checked out in the same manner a patron would check out a library book. Galileo, an Orion ...

Gone fishin’ 11/23/18

Upper Peninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Had walleye anglers. The bay is starting to ice up but there is no safe ice yet. The only boat launches being used are Kipling and Gladstone Harbor. Walleye anglers reported fair to good catches with most fishing the reefs in the north end. There were ...