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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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"Native Skywatchers" Revives Indigenous Star Knowledge

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

Piping Plovers: How the Rare Shorebirds Became a Big Lake Eco Success

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

Spring Brings the Drumbeat of the Ruffed Grouse to the North Woods

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

What This Winter's Ice Bridge to Isle Royale Means for the Island and Its Wolves

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

High Falls on the Pigeon River

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

LSSU Biology Students Present Senior Research Results

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

Dec 7, 2012 4:42 PM Natural World


John Shibley

Come Over, Come Over, Piping Plover

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

High Water in Northern Minnesota

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

Nine Major Lake Superior Storms

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

Weather Terms and Phenomena: A Glossary

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

How to Identify Cloud Types

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

Thriving Wolves Off Endangered List

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 Achievement Award: Walking for Water

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

Keeping the Wolves at Bay

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

Lakehead Researchers Create a ‘Greener’ Cement

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

Mixing River Science with High-Tech Play

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

Flocking Together: Hawk Ridge Draws Fans of Feathered Friends

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

The Death and Life of an Isle Royale Wolf

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


John Vucetich

Isle Royale's Wolves and Moose: The Bloody Balance

A 50-year study tracks the swinging pendulum that is the relationship between Isle Royale's wolves and moose. For 38 of those years, Rolf and Candy Peterson have worked at the greatest laboratory of predator vs. prey in the world. more »

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 AM Natural World 1 Comments


Laura Erickson /

Feed the Birds

When it comes to feeding the birds, it's best to keep it simple. more »

Jan 7, 2008 11:28 AM Natural World

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