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Oh, Deer: The Buck-Naked Truth about Our Local Cervids

Paul Sundberg

It seems white-tails have always been in our North Woods, but they are immigrants. Until the mid-1800s, moose and caribou outnumbered deer in the mature forest surrounding the Big Lake. How did that flip? more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Natural World

Lake Superior Journal: Everything Will Be Owl Right

Mike Mikulich

The owl didn’t move much as I photographed it in the tall grass. Did it have something in its talons that made it stay put? I shifted angles. The owl spooked and flapped awkwardly, settling only a few feet away. Something was definitely wrong. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Natural World 1 Comments

Farewell Pine

Molly Hoeg

Waking in the early morning hours to blinding lightning, constant thunder and howling winds did little to prepare us for the devastation that we would find when dawn came – including the loss of a favorite pine tree. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Natural World

Our National Parks

John McCormick

We celebrate our Lake Superior national parks, from Apostle Islands to Pictured Rocks, with these brief introductions. We encourage you to “Find Your Park(s)” all around the Big Lake. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Natural World

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

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