Author Archives: Bonnie Cook

Loons and the gulf oil spill

Two adult loons in Minnesota are equipped with satellite transmitters and geolocators in an effort to study the movements and foraging patterns of fish-eating birds while they migrate through the Great Lakes. View a video of loons being tagged View … Continue reading

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Don’t move firewood —Buy it where you burn it!

• It is against the law (M.S. 89.551 Sec. 2 Subd.3b) to bring unapproved firewood into any state park, state forest or day-use area. • Find a DNR approved firewood vendor near your destination, Be sure to keep your receipt … Continue reading

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Vegan Backpackers Eat Their Way Around the World (Interview)

Jill and John describe themselves as “two vegans from Canada who are eating their way around the world in 2010.” To share this adventure, they launched a blog called Vegan Backpacker. “For the last few years, my husband and I … Continue reading

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DNR sets fall duck, goose seasons

St. Paul – Federal waterfowl frameworks would have allowed Minnesota hunters a daily bag limit of three wood ducks this fall. The frameworks would have allowed them to kill two hen mallards a day. But state officials opted to go … Continue reading

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Northern Minnesota phenology report: August 2010

A lone nighthawk snatches my attention today, flying solo and south. Three days hence I will immerse myself in a flock of 40 or more as they hunt the fields along Blue Heron Road. They swoop past me as if … Continue reading

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Minnesota Duck Plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on its newly-released draft plan to recover breeding and migrating duck populations. Long Range Duck Recovery Plan In particular, the DNR is seeking comments regarding the following: Goals and objectives: … Continue reading

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Elk Hunting: The Sounds of September

I sat on the porch of the shooting house at my local gun club; except for me the porch was empty. In front of me was a .22 range, a centerfire range and a pistol range – also empty. I … Continue reading

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Taxing the deer stand?

Randall, Minn. – Jeff Hardy’s got a deer stand on 40 acres of land in northwestern Morrison County, but it may not be there much longer. That’s because the county wants him to pay property taxes on it. “I’m not … Continue reading

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