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SPARKY STENSAAS

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

Birding Festivals

Gregory Huset

As a major migratory flyway, the Lake Superior region is well placed to tap the enthusiasm of residents and visitors who like to flock to festivals celebrating the spring migration. Read more

Recreation

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. Read more

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. Read more

Natural World

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Paul Sundberg

David Brislance's “bird whispering” began about 10 years ago, by accident, when black-capped chickadees began landing on his shoulder or hat, waiting for sunflower seeds. Read more

Recreation

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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. Read more

Natural World

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. Read more

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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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Laura Erickson / www.lauraerickson.com

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

Natural World

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Randy Jarvis

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. Read more

Natural World

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Randy Jarvis

From the time of brightly colored maples and aspens until the skies fill all too soon with snowflakes, birds guided into the Lake Superior region by geography and weather provide wonder and delight for those looking toward the skies. Read more

Recreation

While fewer than 300 pairs of nesting terns frequent Lake Superior, two decades of nesting protection and promotion on the western lakeshore have allowed these agile flyers to hold their own here. Read more

Natural World

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    Peregrine Falcons on U.P. bridges

    A view from the peregrine falcon nesting box on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock, Michigan.

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    Peregrine Falcons on U.P. bridges

    The peregrine falcon box on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Hancock and Houghton, Michigan.

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