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Friday: Outdoors

StoryMap storytime

MARQUETTE — The cold, fresh waters of the Great Lakes are literally littered with shipwrecks; according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, about 1,500 wrecks are submerged in Michigan waters alone, some more than 100 feet down and others much nearer the surface. Not everyone ...

Dreams of summer sparked by long winter

“In the wee wee hours, that’s when I think of you.” — Chuck Berry On stormy winter days like this, if I’m given time and space, my mind tends to wander away, sometimes to summertime. I think about walking on the sand with the clear water rolling over my toes down at the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Was hit with another big snowstorm. There is ice from the Kipling area and north. There was still some open water in the “Narrows,” so the area should be avoided. There are pressure cracks from Gladstone south to the Terrace Bay Hotel. Those fishing ...

Walk with solitude provides own benefits

“I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road.” — Roger Miller If I were to walk down the middle of this windswept blacktop road on a fine day in July, I’d be taking my life into my own hands. The heavy traffic from those summertime travelers headed out for the hills and the ...

Northern Michigan University student an avid botanist

MARQUETTE — They’re botanical jewels — and they’re a passion of Northern Michigan University senior biology major Nate Martineau. Martineau presented a program on orchids, mostly found in wet or moist habitats, on Wednesday to the Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society at the Peter ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Lake Fanny Hooe: In Copper Harbor was producing splake and lake trout. • Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County was producing some perch for ice anglers; however, the fish were running small. • Little Bay De Noc: With the colder temperatures, anglers were fishing the ...

Dazzling redhead beguiles passing writer

“I love the flower girl, was she reality or just a dream to me.” — Artie Kornfield/Steve Duboff The first time I recall seeing her, she was standing alongside an old country road. I had just crossed a cement-railed bridge on a cold afternoon. I was headed north over the gravel with ...

Mules in the McCormick

MARQUETTE — The site of a mule pack string carrying loads in a natural area might be better imagined in the western United States. But it happens in the Upper Peninsula too. In October 2018, about 480 feet of boardwalk was installed along the White Deer Lake Trail in the McCormick ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Ice conditions still vary in the eastern Upper Peninsula. It seems some lakes have good ice while others have slush. Inland lakes closer to Lake Michigan had a bit less snow on them. Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions were not the best, as the ice at Gladstone and to the south ...

World events set as backdrop to woods walk

“There’s a woman I long to touch, and I’m missing her so much, but she’s drifting like a satellite.” — Bob Dylan I stepped outside the back door to find the treetops glazed in ice, clinking like windchimes as the breezes moved the branches back and forth. Rain that had fallen ...

Snowshoes, grouse hunting a good mix

GWINN — Erik Strazzinski of Gwinn wasn’t sure what to expect for his recent ruffed grouse hunting trip. On Saturday, Strazzinski, president of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, embarked on his search for grouse south of Gwinn with his hunting partner, Jesse ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula The cold temperatures are making ice; however, anglers still need to use caution. Indian Lake: Had ice and reports of walleye and perch being caught. Manistique Lake: Had reports of crappie, walleye and pike caught on South Manistique. Manistique River: Was producing a ...

Missed opportunities pose own questions

“The days they pass so quickly now, nights are seldom long and time around me whispers when it’s cold.” — John Denver A pale and waning crescent moon hangs low in the morning sky as I’m on my way west and then south, thinking of things that have come and gone over the past several ...

Stamp sands refill harbor in fall storms

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources GAY — Heavy equipment operators were expected to begin working soon to dredge stamp sands from in and around the Grand Traverse Harbor in Keweenaw County. Over the past roughly 100 years, historic copper mine tailings from the ...

10 cool things the DNR did this past year

By CASEY WARNER and JOHN PEPIN Michigan Department of Natural Resources Before 2019 fades completely from sight in the rear-view mirror, we wanted to take one more glance back as we move forward at accomplishments over the past year. With numerous notable achievements to consider, ...

It’s a great time to get outside and wander

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” — John Burroughs Winter has already a week of experience in hand. Of course, it has been rehearsing since early November, but it has ...

Writer remembers U.P. snow storms past

“Let me ride, I got to feel free inside.” — Kevin Cronin On days like this, when I was growing up, with the whole countryside so soft and white, us kids rushed to get outside as soon as we could. It never mattered how cold, wet or snowy it was, nobody wanted to go in the house, even ...

eDNA an emerging technology

From the U.S. Forest Service GLADSTONE — The Hiawatha National Forest, the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are launching an environmental DNA, or eDNA, sampling project within the forest. As a first step, USFS staff ...

Gone Fishin’

Upper Peninsula The cold temperatures are making ice; however, anglers still need to use caution. Indian Lake: Had ice and reports of walleye and perch being caught. Manistique Lake: Had reports of crappie, walleye and pike caught on South Manistique. Manistique River: Was producing a ...

Severe winter storms impact area forests

“By the dark of the moon I planted, but there came an early snow.” — Michael Martin Murphey/Larry Cansler The arched green cathedral ceiling of the forest was awash in white, with freshly fallen snow covering everything from the red pines to the blueberry bushes that were buried deep ...