Author Archives: Lawrence Wade

Off the Grid

Jim called, Want to go kayaking at Isle Royale? ‘Sure’, my 18 year old self said. Oops! I’m 74. Isle Royale or Minong (in Ojibwe) is an archipelago 40 miles off the coast of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota. It … Continue reading

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Spring Beauty

So much is changing every day here in the North Country. After a winter of white and brown, Nature has burst out in a symphony of colors. Thanks to all of the contributors who shared their photos and thoughts to … Continue reading

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Spring Is Cancelled – Nature is not!

Thanks to all of the contributors to this post: Sabrina Harvey, Mary Goehle, Jules Ikhaml, and Jenny Boldt. Many of us living in the North Country are pretty sure that Spring is not going to come. But, there are those … Continue reading

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Oceanography Lesson 6 – Meadows in the Sea

From: Whales in the Classroom – Oceanography               By Lawrence Wade Graphics by Stephen Bolles Oceanography Lesson 6  Why are Zooplankton important to the marine environment? The animals in the picture above eat zooplankton. Match the animals with the correct … Continue reading

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Road Less Traveled

Photos and text by Josh Lewandowski and Hue (pronounced Way) Dao. Follow Josh and Hue’s  yearlong adventure:     @joshlewandowski    @hue2go You know the pictures, the ones with high-top econolines, moneyed sprinters, and colored vanagons perched precariously on lonely canyon rims or … Continue reading

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Winter Nature School – Mystery Hike # 3

This week on our nature hike, we will look for a number of mysteries that need to be solved. What to Do: 1. Participate virtually by watching the YouTube video below. 2, Take a screen shot or a sketch of … Continue reading

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Oceanography 5 – Marine Communities

From: Whales in the Classroom – Oceanography               By Lawrence Wade Graphics by Stephen Bolles Oceanography Lesson 5  – Marine Communities The ocean has diverse communities within it. These communities are unique places that have creatures only found in those … Continue reading

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Imbolc- From Darkness Towards the Light

Imbolc, Candlemas or Groundhog’s day has always been one of my favorites because the light returns in the seasonal cycles that earth travels in. It is the hope of springtime and warmth. A time to begin planning and planting and … Continue reading

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Discover Something Wonderful

Little Miracles – Holly Einess Sometimes I get to spend time with a creature that seems too cool to be real. While walking at the MN Landscape Arboretum last July I glimpsed a hovering something drinking nectar from swamp milkweed … Continue reading

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Animal Tracking Basics

Below is an excerpt from an expert tracker,  Jonathan Poppele. He wrote the book,  Animal Tracks: Midwest Edition: “Tracking is the study and interpretation of the footprints and other signs left behind by animals as they go about their lives. … Continue reading

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