Friday: Outdoors

Shelldon needs a NEW HOME

MARQUETTE — Shelldon needs a new home. One of the most popular attractions at MooseWood Nature Center is Shelldon, the large snapping turtle whose prehistoric appearance delights many visitors, especially when it stretches its long neck above the water surface. However, his tank is ...

Efforts underway to keep cigarette butts out of lakes

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. MARQUETTE — Everybody’s seen discarded cigarette butts in the street and not thought much ...

Remembering a natural connection

“And everything looks worse in black and white.” — Paul Simon Most any river has a voice and a soul and, like a person, has depth and warmth and cold, but also like people, there are some that seem more alive than others. This river is most certainly one of those living places where ...

Learning a never-ending process

“Take a look at all the detail in a single little thing, just a single little snowflake or a tiny insect wing. Tell me who could make the clouds and make ‘em move across the sky? Who could make your mind and put it here to wonder why.” — Steve Forbert From the time I was a young kid ...

PREDATOR CHALLENGE

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer SKANDIA — Culling the predator herd is a fact of life in ecosystems, and that concept was at the heart of the recent U.P. Predator Challenge. Sponsored by the West Branch Sportsmen’s Club Inc., the event took place Jan. 17-20. Teams of one or ...

Infrastructure, rain gardens and barrels

Editor’s note: This is the third of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. Improving your impact on the stormwater system is all about educating yourself and getting to ...

Lumi on the LAKESHORE

MARQUETTE — A music video can be a compelling way to show off a region’s gorgeous physical beauty. That’s what the band Lumi is doing. Lumi is premiering a music video to build momentum for the release of its single “Home”from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Blackrocks Brewery, 424 N. Third ...

Household stormwater: lawn, garden

Editor’s note: This is the second of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. MARQUETTE — The top cause of poor water quality in Lake Superior and its watersheds is ...

Outdoors North

“Wake up; put your shoes on; drink a breath of the northern air.” — Gary Louris There’s a place I know not far from home where beautiful white birch trees stand together on a rugged hillside that overlooks a shallow, peaceful lake. I’ve known this place since my youngest days. In ...

Open to all

MARQUETTE — Don’t let the lack of snowshoes keep you from hitting woodland trails this winter. The Outdoor Recreation Center, located in the Physical Education Instructional Facility at Northern Michigan University, has a mission beyond helping NMU students enjoy the outdoors during the ...

Stormwater management plays key role

Editor’s note: This is the first of a six-part series on stormwater management and why it is important. The series was created with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership of Marquette. MARQUETTE — Stormwater is the rain and melting snow that runs off our lawns, our roofs, our ...

One-of-a-kind snowflakes

“By the dark of the moon, there’s a fire in the night. ” — Bob Corbin My shovel made a “chuff” sound as its metal-edged blade sliced through a frosty crust of ice. Underneath, it was like an ice-cold sugar bowl filled with bushels of soft, granular white snow. Somewhere below ...

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 ...