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Friday: Outdoors

Outdoors North: The gift of changing seasons

EDITOR’S NOTE: Outdoors North is appearing on Wednesday instead of Friday this week, as there will be no Friday edition of The Mining Journal this week due to the Christmas holiday. “I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day,” – John and Michelle Phillips Growing up in a place ...

Ospreys making a comeback in state

MARQUETTE — Ospreys are magnificent fish-hunting birds with striking brown and white plumage. They are among the group of birds of prey called “raptors,” which includes hawks, owls, falcons and eagles. These large birds — which possess widely spread wingtip feathers in flight and a ...

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“On a snow-covered night up in eastern Wyoming, another lazy day, looking for the sun.” — John Denver In the place where I want to be right now, the snow is falling so softly that I can’t hear it, no matter how hard I might try. The crystalline snowflakes twirl, spinning their ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula First ice is great for pike and panfish; however, ice thickness is variable on most of the inland lakes and many still had unfishable ice. It is not recommended to venture out on any ice that you are not familiar with or without a plan in case you break through. ≤ ...

Outdoors North: Gray days abound

“The summer days, summer nights are gone; I know a place where there’s still something going on,” ­— Bob Dylan On this very late fall morning, with time oozing and slumping toward the afternoon, the sun is so lazy it doesn’t seem to have lifted much at all over those shadows of ...

Gone fishin’

With no snow and cold temperatures at night, early ice fishing is happening on some of the inland lakes. For those thinking about heading out, extreme caution should be used, as early ice can be dangerous ice. Testing the ice ahead of you is strongly advised, and be sure to stay away from the ...

A gut instinct: NMU scientists publish U.P. bear research

MARQUETTE — In recent decades, researchers have found that most mammals’ guts are surprisingly complex environments — home to a variety of microbial ecosystems that can profoundly affect an animal’s well-being. A Northern Michigan University alumna and her faculty mentor are among ...

From fundraising to carpentry

By CHRISTIE MASTRIC Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — A project that encompassed skills such as fundraising and graphic design, as well as a lot of carpentry, has enhanced the outdoor experience near Aspen Ridge Middle School. Kurt Corcoran, a teacher at the school, said that three ...

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“She doesn’t give you time for questions as she locks up your arm in hers.” — Al Stewart The wind was strong as it whipped up over the river and met my face. I was standing on the bridge looking downstream. Way down there, almost out of sight, I saw a V-shaped mark in the river, ...

Outdoors North: Standing by peaceful waters

“And thus, the smaller lake that was hidden from the highway, became known forever as Lake Marie,” – John Prine The holiday time of year – though traditionally filled with joyous gatherings and jovial revelry – is one of those annual periods when I look most for the peace and ...

Outdoors North: Brilliance of nature appears encased in an opaque bubble

“Walking in the sunshine, sing a little sunshine song, put a smile upon your face as if there’s nothing wrong.” — Roger Miller Walking out the door into a cold rain, it felt like I was wrapping a soaking wet, woolen blanket around my naked body. The images I was recording on the ...

Honoring conservation officers with military backgrounds

MARQUETTE — Veterans Day was one day to appreciate and thank soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors who spent years of their lives defending our country’s freedom and protecting the rights of the American people. Some of those military veterans continue to actively serve the people of ...

Evolution in action

LANSING — Whether on your front lawn or college campus, if you live in the Great Lakes region, you may have seen a black squirrel or two or more. That’s especially true in Michigan, which along with Ontario, had the highest frequency of black-squirrel sightings in a recent study. ...

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“Yesterday is just a memory and tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.” — Bob Dylan After the countryside had been cloaked in a flowing white and sparkling gown, the blossoms and the dried milkweed tufts that had long-since bowed their heads crumpled further in deference to the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Little Bay de Noc: Walleye anglers were fishing from the “Black Bottom” north to the Center Reef. Catch rates were spotty, as some reported fair to good catches while others caught little or no fish. Those fishing the “Black Bottom” were jigging minnows and crawlers ...

Growing nature’s clean-water engineers

MARQUETTE — Although small, snuffbox mussels carry a lot of weight when it comes to the health of Michigan's fish and wildlife. A freshwater mussel that reaches up to 3 inches in length, the snuffbox has been on the federal endangered species list since 2012. They are known to exist in ...

Outdoors North

“You’ll find out when you reach the top, you’re on the bottom.” — Bob Dylan Gusting winds picked up down south somewhere were doing their part to make sure any last leaves clinging to their branches were shot skyward or tumbling — tip over tail — to the ground below. At the ...

A wildlife paradise: U.P. couple improves their land for nature

IRONWOOD — When Bill and Betty Perkis of the Upper Peninsula plan their vacations each year, an enthusiasm for the outdoors always shines through; they love to camp and tour national parks to explore the beauty of nature. That passion led the couple to wonder — how could they bring the ...