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Plover chicks are able to walk and feed themselves within hours of hatching.

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 Natural World

Wolves crossing the ice during an Isle Royale winter.

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 Natural World (5 Comments)

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

The Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands

One of Lake Superior's geological marvels, the mainland sea caves are open to winter visitors for the first time since 2009. Don't miss this chance to explore the caves and the dazzling ice formations that adorn the sandstone cliffs. more »

Feb 3, 2014 Wisconsin


Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

2014 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The 30th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon started on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Duluth East High School. In all, 28 mushers participated – 10 in the 400-mile marathon and 18 in the 150-mile mid-distance race. more »

Jan 27, 2014 Superior Notes

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Molly Hoeg / Superior Footprints

Around the Circle This Week: April 18, 2014

With the commercial fishing season starting slowly, the region faces a whitefish shortfall; Molly Hoeg explored the Duluth Harbor; Thunder Bay burned its last piece of coal; the governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in Marquette. more »

Apr 18, 2014 Superior Notes

Mary Carlin Dougherty captured this magical scene at Houghton Falls State Natural Area in Wisconsin.

Mary Carlin Dougherty / The Cookery Maven

Around the Circle This Week: April 11, 2014

Mary Carlin Dougherty recounted a magical spring sight in northern Wisconsin; Lake Superior reached its long-term average level in March; ice continued to slow (and damage) vessels on Lake Superior; and more news from the week. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Superior Notes


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Level Report: April 7, 2014

After more than 15 years of low levels, the Big Lake has reached its long-term average level, thanks in part – yes, thanks – to the long and hard winter. more »

Apr 7, 2014 Superior Notes

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Around the Circle This Week: April 4, 2014

The first commercial vessels of the season finally reached Sault Ste. Marie, 11 days after the Soo Locks opened; ice conditions remain challenging across the Lake; researchers on Isle Royale posted their final update of the winter; and more news. more »

Apr 4, 2014 Superior Notes