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Minerals of the Lake Superior Region

Courtesy A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Iron and copper are far from the only commercial minerals around this vast lake. Gold, platinum, silver, nickel, and gemstones such as amethyst, agates and even diamonds have been found here. more

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Second Place, 11th Annual Photo Contest

David L. Kohne

Lightning is a powerful subject, as these photographers showed in their entries from past Lake Superior photo contests. more

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Peregrine Falcons Return to U.P. Bridges

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Peregrine falcons have returned to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock again this year, and area students built nest boxes for them. Falcons have also successfully nested on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge this year. more

Jul 7, 2017 9:17 AM Natural World

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. more

Apr 3, 2017 12:00 AM Natural World

How Did You Get Here? A Naturalist’s View of Isle Royale

Larry Stone

By air, by water or by ice, it’s fascinating to imagine how such a diversity of seemingly fragile organisms came to colonize the largest island on the world’s largest freshwater Lake. more

Apr 3, 2017 12:00 AM Natural World

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

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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

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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

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