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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Randy Jarvis

Wild Superior: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

My resident hummingbirds are freeloaders extraordinaire. Not only do they fight over the four-spot sugar-water tap, they have the audacity to complain whenever it runs dry. Many a bird has lingered at the dining room window demanding a refill.

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Last of the Gray Ghosts

Brent West

In the boreal forest north of Thunder Bay, two researchers begin their search for a mysterious North Woods denizen, a pale being sometimes called the gray ghost that passes silently through the black spruce and jack pines. more »

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Natural World

Lake Superior Journal: A Moose in the Rearview Mirror

Diane Larson

We had traveled a little more than a quarter mile from the intersection when I happened to look in my rearview mirror. A large dark animal stood in the middle of the road a good distance behind us. I let out a squeal and hit the brakes. more »

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Natural World

As you marveled at the beauty of the night sky, have you ever wondered why you – of Scandinavian, Ojibwe or Irish descent, perhaps – are seeing Greek guys up there? A Duluth art exhibit examines the constellations of the region's indigenous people. more »

Aug 13, 2014 12:03 PM Natural World

Come Over, Come Over, Piping Plover

Ted Gostomski

Historically, hundreds of piping plovers made nests beside the Great Lakes, but those numbers plummeted after decades of habitat loss and human disturbance. Nearly wiped out 30 years ago, the small shorebirds have made a Big Lake comeback. more »

Apr 22, 2014 1:00 AM Natural World

Ruffed Grouse

David Brislance

A familiar sound echoes over the ridges of Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains – muffled, rhythmic thumps of wings beating against soft-feathered bodies. Male ruffed grouse are ready to rumble, showing off their stuff to catch a female’s eye and ear. more »

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Natural World


Rolf Peterson

A solid ice bridge over Lake Superior has formed between Isle Royale and the mainland, an increasingly rare link that could bring new life – quite literally – to an isolated and inbred Isle Royale National Park wolf population facing extirpation. more »

Feb 17, 2014 8:45 AM Natural World 5 Comments

High Falls on the Pigeon River

Paul L. Hayden

The High Falls on the Pigeon River, on the border between the United States and Canada in northern Minnesota, experienced almost double its normal flow after heavy rains during the week of May 20, 2013. more »

May 28, 2013 9:47 AM Natural World

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John Shibley / LSSU

Recent senior thesis projects by Lake Superior State University biology students. more »

Dec 7, 2012 4:42 PM Natural World


John Shibley

Biologists from Lake Superior State and Algoma University have been guiding a team of students conducting surveys and monitoring and protecting piping plover nests. The project aims to help the endangered bird’s survival. more »

Nov 16, 2012 8:15 AM Natural World

Following torrential rains of more than 3 inches between May 24 and May 28, 2012, the St. Louis River, one of the major tributaries of Lake Superior, experienced high water at Thomson Dam. more »

Jun 1, 2012 3:42 PM Natural World

Wild About Weather

National Weather Service

Powered by strong low-pressure systems, these nine Lake Superior storms wrecked dozens of ships and claimed hundreds of lives. more »

Jan 16, 2012 2:59 PM Natural World

Explanations of barometric pressure, bombogenesis, derechos, rip currents, seiches and water spouts. more »

Jan 16, 2012 2:40 PM Natural World

Common Types of Clouds

Copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Can't tell a cumulus cloud from a cirrus? Here's a guide to the types of clouds one might see over Lake Superior. more »

Jan 16, 2012 12:00 AM Natural World


National Park Service

Management of gray wolves has shifted to the Great Lakes states now that federal protection of the iconic predator has been lifted. more »

Jan 16, 2012 12:00 AM Natural World

2011 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award honors those who walk the walk and talk the talk for water. more »

Sep 22, 2011 12:03 AM Natural World

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have developed a map to pinpoint areas at high risk of wolf attacks on livestock or pets in the hope of preventing wolf-human conflicts. more »

Aug 1, 2011 4:05 PM Natural World

Two researchers at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay have discovered a cement additive that would benefit the environment and could potentially boost the strength of concrete by up to 40 percent. more »

Jul 21, 2011 5:07 PM Natural World


Jim Mathews, UW-Madison

Work done in a two-year research project on the St. Louis River Estuary may generate tools for phone and GPS devices that can be used to enhance hikes along the river. more »

Jul 21, 2011 5:06 PM Natural World

Still essentially just a wide spot in the road, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is possibly the only outdoor nature center in the country that conducts its programs in the middle of an active city street. more »

Jul 21, 2011 12:01 AM Natural World


Rolf Peterson

Running for her life, the lone wolf flees into the cold waters of Lake Superior, where she is surrounded by 11 wolves from Middle Pack. more »

Feb 1, 2008 5:17 PM Natural World

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