Finding Fabulous Fungi

Sparky Stensaas

Dead Man’s Fingers, Tree Ear, Velvet Foot, Toothed Jelly, Bear’s Head Tooth, The Blusher, Brain Fungus, Fuzzy Foot. Revel in the staggering shapes and colors of our North Woods fungi – and their evocative names. Read more

Natural World

Former Wisconsin school educator, Kathy Groth, talks about the inspiration for her first book for young people. Read more

Books & Video



The French use a term, “terroir,” to define how a region’s terrain, soil and sunlight influence the favor of a wine or cheese. Read more


Finding Creative Ways to Use & Aid a Historic Sentinel Read more



Sparky Stensaas Collection

Lake Superior Journal: Perk's Floating Forest

An avid birder, Captain J.P. "Perk" Perkins decided not to let his career as a ship captain interfere with his passion for viewing birds. From the early 1930s through the early 1970s, Perk created his own on-deck forests. Read more

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AmberBeth VanNingen / MINNESOTA DNR

FYI on SNAs: On Sugarloaf Point near Little Marais, a rugged shoreline testifies to basalt lava flows dating more than 1 billion years ago. On part of Minnesota Point in Duluth, red and white pines 150 to 270 years old dominate a unique nearly forgo Read more


After 16 years, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder will leave Duluth for eventual posting in San Francisco. Read more


There is no question that Lake Superior enriches the lives of those of us privileged to reside on or near it and those who visit. But just how much does that 10 percent of the world’s surface fresh water affect us? Read more

Great Lakes



Most would not call these birds lovely. For that, we have warblers. Few would consider their caws and quorks melodious, either. The calls of the Common Raven and American Crow just seem raucous. Read more

Natural World

In the Duluth Skywalk 109 W. Superior Street

Travel Planning

Aids to help you find your way around Lake Superior and the region.


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