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Friday: Outdoors

NMU deploys weather buoy on Lake Superior

From Northern Michigan University MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University continues to lead a collaborative effort to monitor data on weather and wave conditions at three locations along the southeastern shore of Lake Superior. The goal is to enhance safety among commercial and ...

Outdoors North: The allure of the dark, flowing water

“But right now, I’ll just sit here so contentedly and watch the river flow,” – Bob Dylan I suppose I have been enchanted by the movement, sound and power of water since my earliest days. Those first recollections of seeing water came in the form of the dark, tannin-laden waters of ...

Gone Fishin’

Marquette: Most were launching from the Upper Harbor and fishing near Granite Island, the Pinnacles and in water up to 200 feet deep, where several nice catches of lake trout were reported. Look for the bugs and fish anywhere from 10 to 50 feet down. Those jigging at Stannard Rock caught lake ...

Beyond the borders

MARQUETTE — They were seen swimming just off the Presque Isle Park shoreline, seemingly none the worse for wear. Those Canada geese had just been banded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday morning at the park. Caleb Eckloff, a wildlife technician for the DNR’s ...

Outdoors North

“Dan can you see that big green tree, where the water’s running free and it’s waiting there for me and you,” – Bob Nolan With the day already heating up, swallowtail and mourning cloak butterflies congregated at places along the road where wet mud remained, at least for now. This ...

Gone fishin’

Keweenaw Bay: Those targeting salmon and lake trout had some success, though most of the fish caught were lake trout. The action off Baraga was slow, but anglers are marking fish. Lake trout have been caught out of Traverse Bay and Huron Bay, but no limit catches were reported. Marquette: ...

RED TAIL TALES

By CHRISTIE MASTRIC Journal Staff Writer HARVEY — Michael Willard has made many exquisite carvings of wildlife before, but if he decides to make one of a unique squirrel he recently saw in his backyard, it undoubtedly would be a carving like no other. Willard, who lives in Harvey, got ...

Outdoors North

“Somewhere along a high road, the air began to turn cold, she said she missed her home. I headed on alone.” — Bob Seger Like people, roads have character and they have souls. Walking along a certain dirt road I know on a summer day I can feel the road almost breathing in and out as it ...

Appointments to wildlife groups announced

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the appointments to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Wildlife Council. Michigan Natural Resources Commission James R. “JR” Richardson of Ontonagon is the vice president of environment and safety at PM ...

Funds for flight

HARVEY — Although the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled or postponed many educational programs, the underlying need for their missions still remains. So, the nonprofit Chocolay Raptor Center was pleased to receive a $2,000 grant from the AEP Renewables’ Apple Blossom Wind Project, a ...

Outdoors North

“On a clear day rise and look around you, and you'll see who you are,” – Alan Jay Lerner The bright afternoon sunshine made me squint, while a warm breeze pushed up dirt from this rocky road, tucked into a wild section of the countryside filled with the sounds of the bugs and ...

Startup helps get displaced workers hired in outdoor jobs

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Danielle Johnson doesn’t know what she’d be doing to earn an income right now if it weren’t for a recent outdoors startup to get those displaced by COVID-19 back into the workforce swing of axes and hazel hoes. As unemployment across the country reaches highs not ...

Outdoors North: Thoughts of youth, family, fishing

“Are you reelin’ in the years.” — Walter Becker/Donald Fagen When I was a young kid growing up, I remember my dad had two fishing rods and reels he prized that I wasn’t allowed to touch. One was for plunking worms into streams and creeks for brook, brown and rainbow trout. It was ...

Keep drones grounded during wildfires, experts advise

LANSING — It may be tempting to capture spectacular aerial photos of wildfires, but using drones is not only reckless, it’s illegal and could have deadly consequences, firefighting experts say. Both commercial and recreational use of drones have increased over the past several years, ...

Lighting the way

COPPER HARBOR — Standing as a silent guard at the very top of the Upper Peninsula, the Copper Harbor Lighthouse once guided vessels traveling in Lake Superior to safe harbor. Originally built in 1848, the lighthouse site consisted of a 44-foot stone tower with a lantern room, a detached ...

An unexpected opportunity

“Fly me to the moon.” – Bart Howard Sometimes it’s strange how one thing leads to another. Nature recently granted me a tremendous opportunity that began in quite unrelated fashion on a cloudy spring afternoon. A few days beforehand, we had put up the hummingbird feeders in the ...

‘Flat Smokey’ Character focuses on teaching fire safety

MARQUETTE — With warmer temperatures and increased fire danger, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is getting a little help from a familiar face — Smokey Bear — to boost the public’s fire safety acumen. But the department is sharing the 75-year-old icon in a new way through a ...

Outdoors North: Going down to the little river

“If you want to taste the water, gotta come to the river,” – Gary Louris In the far eastern reaches of the county, where the lines of demarcation commence, there lies what some might consider to be a river of little importance flowing sluggishly into Lake Superior. Despite the ...

Traditional cyclists, e-bikers clash over new trail rules

DENVER— After a couple days of hard hiking last fall, Tim Brass thought it was time to track down a motor. He was bowhunting in a trophy unit near Creede, and plenty of other hunters were using a motorized trail for swift access. His friend offered an e-bike. Brass got his elk. "Best ...