The Woodpecker—A Fascinating Bird in Your Backyard

Professional naturalist and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela is fascinated by woodpeckers, and for 10 years he traveled the country, studying and photographing various woodpecker species. There are many unusual birds in the world, but there is one group of highly specialized birds that I find incredibly interesting—the woodpeckers....

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Camper Cabins at Bunker Hills Regional Park

Tom Watson, author of Best Minnesota Camper Cabins: Roughing It in Comfort, talks to us about the camper cabins at Bunker Hills Regional Park, which have some of the most beautiful interiors of all camper cabins in the state. Minnesota is known for its beautiful wilderness: pristine lakes, deep forests, flowing...

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Photographing the Wild Waterfalls in Spring

Lisa Crayford, author of Waterfalls of Minnesota, thinks that springtime and waterfalls go hand in hand. Here are her suggestions for your next waterfall outing! During this season in northern Minnesota, the snow is melting off the higher elevations. The rivers are flowing with great speed, heading...

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Amish Country of Wisconsin

Today, we are visiting Amish Country in Wisconsin with Mary M. Bauer, author of Wisconsin Day Trips by Theme. Steeped in a bygone era, the Amish are known for their traditional pacifist ways, horse-and-buggy travel, colorful handmade quilts, and plain clothes. Wisconsin has the fourth-largest population...

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Cauliflower Mushrooms—A Prized Delicacy

Today, Teresa Marrone and Walt Sturgeon share with us information about another prized delicacy, Cauliflower Mushrooms. Many books show pictures of Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis spathulata, Sparassis americana) in a basket, on a plate, or displayed proudly in someone’s hands. The first reason is to show the impressive size...

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Partridge Falls

Join Lisa Crayford, author of Waterfalls of Minnesota, on a journey to Partridge Falls, located on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation. Partridge Falls is one of my favorite falls on the North Shore. It’s also one that takes some time and effort to reach; while I highly recommend a...

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Great Blue Heron Nesting

In this week’s column, Stan Tekiela discusses the nesting habits of the Great Blue Heron. There’s a large and very common bird that people see on a regular basis, but rarely does anyone see it nesting. The bird is the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), the largest and...

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