Minnesota, a Winter Owl Wonderland

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As for myself, in January of 2013, I finally took a much anticipated trip up to their world of ice and snow in northeastern Minnesota in search of them. My first day in Minnesota included a visit to Sax-Zim Bog, the most famous (and rightly so) birding hotspot in the region.

What is the State Bird of Minnesota?

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Those eerie calls come from the Common Loon, the state bird of Minnesota. Minnesota legislators named the loon their state bird in 1961, as their state has more Common Loons than any other barring Alaska. Around 12,000 loons call Minnesota their home, and are an iconic part of the summer soundscape. Birds common loons loon Minnesota state birdPicture this: you are on a lake, with dusk just beginning to fall.

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BP Oil Spill Effecting Minnesota Birds

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The spill that keeps on giving – now petroleum compounds and the chemicals used to clean up the oil from BP’s massive spill two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico are showing up in eggs of breeding birds in Minnesota. Asides

Minnesota Approves Large Wind Power Project

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Adding to a steadily growing influx of renewable energy in Minnesota is the Bison 2 wind farm. “This project demonstrates that renewable energy can be a low-cost generation option that will benefit all of our customers,” said Al Hodnik, chairman and CEO of Minnesota Power’s parent, Allete. ” Government / Industry bison 2 wind farm minnesota wind powerThe Bison 2 will generate 105 megawatts of power and reduce carbon emissions by 90,000 tons a year.

Know About Kratom and Its Legality in Minnesota

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Kratom Legality in Minnesota. Kratom is legal in Minnesota as of May 2018, and there is no restriction on using this herb in the state. Residents of the state will not have to face any penalties for having any amount of Kratom, selling it or distributing in the Minnesota.

Minnesota Republican State Senate Candidate Attacked for Supporting Bird Habitat

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This is what happens when a Republican actually does something, even a very little something, to protect birds. The best part of the article is when the treasurer of the Freedom Club State PAC, the conservative organization attacking Republican State Senate candidate Connie Doepke, acknowledges he has no idea what his organization is talking about: However, Andolshek made a surprising admission about the mailings that went out last week regarding the “tropical bird habitats.”

What's Killing Minnesota's Moose? | Mother Jones

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What's Killing Minnesota's Moose? 8, 2013 3:42 PM PST Tweet tipkodi /Flickr Minnesotas iconic moose are in such bad shape that the state called off the 2013 hunting season on Wednesday. Minnesota is being cautious, but I think the writings on the wall.".

Big Victory: Minnesota's Landmark Clean Energy Standard Charts Course Beyond Dirty Energy

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Minnesota energy has begun a new chapter. Minnesota has taken a first step in outlining the next big leap forward in the state's sustainable energy future.

“Awhile back, a Minnesota Facebook page posted pictures supporting a ban on gay marriage…they weren’t happy with some of my edits.”

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Funny Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks gay rights marriage minnesota "Rule #1 of the internet: never hold up a white sign." Rule #2 of the internet: photoshop all images with white signs.".

The Sandhill Cranes vs. Canada Geese

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Birds Cedar Creek Minnesota sandhill craneThe stage is set for two rival gangs to fight over coveted territory: a grassy lawn bordered by a dirt road and a smattering of trees, surrounded by grassland and marsh. At first glance, the Sandhill Cranes seem to be at an advantage.

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Birds at the Bell

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Perhaps some other time I’ll write in more detail about the links between Minnesota’s Bell Museum and birds. Cranes are a bid deal in Minnesota, and they are a big deal at the Bell. Birds Bell Museum Minnesota Museum Display

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Minnesota Vikings Offsets 100% of Electricity for Home Games

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The Minnesota Vikings have committed to offset all of the electricity used at the Metrodome for home games this season by purchasing renewable energy from Xcel Energy. The commitment also includes purchasing offsets for any potential playoff games this season, and is a big step in the right direction for this NFL [.] [ Minnesota Vikings Offsets 100% of Electricity for Home Games from Green Living Ideas ].

Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

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Here in Minnesota they are listed as threatened. And apparently they are getting gunned down on a regular basis in Minnesota. … It’s illegal to shoot trumpeter swans in Minnesota. This problem is, of course not unique to Minnesota. Birds Conservation Cygnus buccinator hunting Minnesota Trumpeter Swan Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I visited my sister, who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the dead of winter.

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Fungus Causing Deaths of Millions of Bats Now Found in Minnesota


Four other states, including Minnesota, report the presence of the fungus on bats that have not yet The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome — a deadly disease that has killed millions of bats in North America — has been found on bats in two state parks.

The Birds at Itasca State Park Are All Wet

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I’m writing this post a day late (sorry) from Itasca State Park, Minnesota. Which reminds me of something funny about Minnesota. One of the most interesting locals in Minnesota, but if your cabin is up a different route you would not know about it! The picture at the top of the post is the tallest white pine in Minnesota. The tallest red pine was nearby, but it is now known as the “Formerly tallest red pine in Minnesota.”

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Birders As Family

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The 2012 event was held at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. On a Minnesota Birding Facebook page, someone related a story of finding four people taking photos of the birds only instead of standing at the dam, they were in the mud…well sinking in to the mud.

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They Say We Made History.

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Enlightened Society Equal Rights equal rights minnesota revolution st. I didn’t wake up this morning expecting to be a part of history. paul voice why I march women's march on Washington women's rights

2017 83

Follow the Cow that Follows the Burn

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At the Chippewa Prairie in Minnesota , conservationists are using GPS tracking to gain a better understanding of how an important animal moves on the grassland: Cows. The Chippewa Prairie is one of the largest intact prairies in Minnesota. Grasslands Science grazing Minnesota

Jinx Warbler Vanquished

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All the info I needed came in an e-mail from a Minnesota birder named Peder. Trips jinx bird minnesota wood-warblersNote: This is an account, originally published in June 2006, of my quest to remove a jinx bird from my bird-watching soul.

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Chewbacca Mom Sings: A Call for a Better Place.

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The updates I received went from uplifting and positive to downright frightening.

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Rare Butterflies Return Home

Nature Conservancy - Science

This summer 200 federally threatened Dakota skippers emerged as butterflies and were reintroduced to a Minnesota prairie. From the Field Wildlife Endangered Species Grasslands Insects Pollinators Restoration

2017 105

The Green Buzz: Monday, July 15

Conservancy Talk

Zebra mussels have found their way into Minnesota lakes. ( Animals Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Science & Research Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science Fish Global Warming Green Living Invasive species North America The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy backyard chickens death valley earthquakes fracking fried eggs heat wave minnesota minnesota lake MNN nbc news npr san fransisco chronicle u.s. Happy Monday!

Elephant Academy’s Director Talks Sunday Mornings in Minneapolis & her Weekly Pancake Fix.

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Elephant Academy Enlightened Society Food Right Livelihood elephant academy elephant journal farmer's market finding your passion food fuck your fears minnesota mississippi river right livelihood routines weekends writingGet a peek at Minneapolis with Elephant Academy Director, Molly as she talks about her Sunday mornings, her weekly {vegan} pancake fix, and gives you a view of her neighborhood. Find out more about the Academy: elephantjournal.com/academy How do you apply? Simple.

New Chief Operating Officer Lois Quam Chats with Mark Tercek

Conservancy Talk

Coming from Minnesota, I have seen first hand some of the Conservancy’s great accomplishments produced through science, collaboration, and a commitment to getting things done. Tercek: Speaking of growing up in Minnesota, how did that landscape shape your sense of place?

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CAT Chewbacca Mom Sings: A Call for a Better Place.

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The updates I received went from uplifting and positive to downright frightening.

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Privately Run Medicare Plans are Really Expensive | Mother Jones

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Long story short, Kip Sullivan of the Minnesota chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program wants everyone to understand just whats involved in figuring out the true administrative costs of Medicare. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content. Mother Jones. Politics. Environment. Culture.

History Of Energy Gardens

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Alternative Energy Energy Efficiency Home Energy Usage Colorado distributed energy DOE GTM Research Harvard History Of Energy Gardens Massahusetts Michigan Minnesota NREL Solar Design Associates SolarizeBefore I begin writing about energy gardens, it is incredibly helpful to understand what they are, what they aren’t, and their level of independence from whatever energy utility serves the vicinity.

64 Years of Birding

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Here’s a great article about Bob Janssen, a 79-year-old birder from Minnesota who has been birding since his teenage years. ”Citizen birder” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Asides

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How much is a loon worth?

Environmental Economics

But right over the border, this is different: Minnesota loons could benefit from an $18.7 Minnesota could receive up to $25 million over the next 15 years from the settlement between oil company BP and the federal government, Carrol Henderson, the department's nongame wildlife supervisor, told MPR News. Minnesota and Wisconsin likely will be the only non-coastal states to receive settlement money from the spill primarily because of the loon concentration.

2015 162

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Pelicans

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Though he destroyed more than 1,000 nests worth of chicks and eggs of the American White Pelican nearly obliterating a colony on land he rented, a guilty plea by Minnesota farmer Craig Staloch means that he faces, at most, six months in jail. Justice? Asides

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Two Bald Eagles Survive Crash Landing

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” In the case of two Bald Eagles at the Duluth International Airport in Minnesota, the landing was of the not-so-smooth variety. The other was transferred to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center with deep talon wounds, but was expected to do well. Well, that brings a new meaning to the phrase “ the eagle has landed.” The birds had locked their talons during a mid-air battle and plummeted to the tarmac together.

2013 193

10,000 Gallons a Day of Animal Waste Fuel Head to Market

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Last month a rural Minnesota factory began pumping out commercial-scale quantities of biodiesel made from animal waste like pig parts and waste fats… and almost any other waste fats and oils. Tags: Waste Reduction 50000 gallons animal parts Arlin Gyberg Brian Krohn commercial scale cradle-to-cradel Ever Cat Fuels fats McGyan Process oils sulfated zirconia column sustainable biodiesel U of M in Minnesota waste biodiesel

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Ethanol Industry Sues California

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low carbon fuel standard Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers the American Coalition for Ethanol the Renewable Fuels Association the Rocky Mountain Farmers union The Federal government is asking the fuel industry to incrementally raise the levels of ethanol in the country’s gas. California has state legislation called the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 calling for car fuels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Cargill Announces Eliminatination of Gestation Crates


Minnesota-based agricultural giant Cargill has announced that it will give pigs room to turn around by eliminating the use of gestation crates.

Corn Train Derailment Causes Bird Invasion

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Locke Lake in Fridley, Minnesota was the site of a train derailment this past July. The train was carrying corn and dumped tons of grain into the lake. Now the lake has been invaded by thousands of ducks and geese , far more than the usual dozen or so birds. But are the birds there because of the corn or because of the mild winter that has left the lake open and the waterfowl reluctant to head south? Asides

2011 154

The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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Minnesota Valley NWR (Minnesota): 274,000; $4.2 Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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To Drill, or Not to Drill? That’s the Wrong Question.

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Minnesota’s Superior National Forest is now on the radar for underground mineral mining. Minnesota’s Superior National Forest PETITION.

2018 207

WATCH: Deaf Man Risks Life to Save Frozen Deer


A deaf man risked his life to save a young deer who collapsed through a frozen Minnesota river. Steven Peterson was driving across a bridge when he spotted the distressed deer Read More The post WATCH: Deaf Man Risks Life to Save Frozen Deer appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Reflecting on a Year of Less Birding

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In addition to spotting exciting new species in Florida, including the rare Snail Kite, travel across the country brought me into contact with birds in Oregon, California, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama, and more. 2018 proved to be one of my best birding years ever.

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Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

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Focusing on an often under-appreciated portion of the continent, the book showcases forty species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio – but perhaps not for long. I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer.

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Man Facing Jail Time For Having a Windmill on His Own Property, Just Bucked the System!

Green (Living) Review

This summer, we reported on the story of a Minnesota man named Jay Nygard, who was risking jail time because he refused to remove a wind turbine from his property.

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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The resulting properties—WPAs—are small ponds, wetlands, and associated grasslands, primarily in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana, but also in Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa. Established in 1962, Fergus Falls WMD is located in western central Minnesota.

NYC mystery warbler: Odd Blackpoll, hybrid, or Carbonated Warbler?

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I also found this 1995 account of a warbler in Minnesota that bore similarities both to the bird I saw this morning and to Audubon’s Carbonated Warbler, to which the Minnesota observers compared their bird. As for the Minnesota bird from 1991 and Audubon’s “Carbonated Warblers,” is it possible that a rare aberration in Blackpoll Warbler plumage or molt sequence can explain these birds, and similar sightings?

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