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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.

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.".

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.

“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.".

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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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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.

Montana and Minnesota: Coal vs. Clean Energy

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This week's coal vs. clean energy examples come from Montana and Minnesota. Meanwhile, over in Minnesota, clean energy vision is happening. This week a powerhouse coalition came together to launch the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign.

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 ].

The Benefits of Trees. ~ Katie Dubow

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EAB has been spotted in Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario, Quebec and most recently, Colorado.

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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.

Hugging: A Natural Anti-Depressant and So Much More!

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Growing up in a small town in central Minnesota, hugging outside of the family was usually rare, rushed and awkward (but nonetheless, still good even in its watered down form!).

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.

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

Cargill Announces Eliminatination of Gestation Crates

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

Fungus Causing Deaths of Millions of Bats Now Found in Minnesota

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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.

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

Leave bees alone, and get your hands on this vegan honey

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The two Minnesota women are proud to own and operate their business, while giving bees a break. Folks in Minnesota and across the US can find it on the shelves of Whole Foods, something I hope to see extended to Canada!

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.

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.”

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?

The Zebra Mussel Hunter

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Sweet, an aquatic invasive species technician with Minnehaha Creek Watershed District in Minnesota, tries to find zebra mussels and other invasives before they become established in new waters. Fewer than two percent of Minnesota’s lakes have invasive mussels,” Sweet says.

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.

The Green Buzz: Monday, July 15

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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!

WATCH: Deaf Man Risks Life to Save Frozen Deer

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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.

Privacy Gone: These States allow video cameras in Dressing Rooms (who knew!?)

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” The good guys: These states don’t allow security cameras in dressing rooms: > South Dakota > New Hampshire > Michigan > Maine > Minnesota > Utah > Kansas > Delaware > Hawaii > Georgia > California > Arkansas > Alabama The […].

Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

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The Nature Conservancy’s Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie in Lincoln County near Lake Benton, Minnesota. Never underestimate the underdog — in sports or in ecosystems.

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Tracking a Secretive Snake on the Prairie

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Researchers at the Chippewa Prairie in Minnesota are using radio telemetry to provide a better picture of the lives of one of the most secretive and little-known creatures of grasslands: the plains hog-nosed snake (also known as the western hog-nosed snake). Plains hog-nosed snake.

Halloween in Nature: 10 Spooky Photos

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7) Spooky Fog – Aerial view of big pines above ground fog at dawn in Itasca County, Minnesota. If you look closely — in the dark shadows and under the thick fog — you’ll find signs of Halloween hiding in nature.

Recovery: Saving Loons from Lead Fishing Tackle

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Many others, including Minnesota which has slightly more than half of all lower-48 loons, rely only on education. Over the last three years the institute has moved 17 chicks from northern Minnesota to barren lakes in the southern part of the state.

Schaefer Prairie Preserve Citizen Science

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If you live in Minnesota, then you will love the Schaefer Prairie Preserve Citizen Science Project. Morning dew on asters (Aster) at Schaefer Prairie. Photo © Chris Anderson/TNC. What is Schaefer Prairie Preserve Citizen Science Project? .

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.

Designing Agricultural Watersheds with Science and Community Engagement

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The Water Division building was also the location of a recent workshop organized by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and Cedar Rapids.

Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis

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They are also found in the mountainous interior west as far south as Arizona and New Mexico, as well as in the far northern reaches of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and New England. How anyone can possibly resist a bird that has been called Whiskey Jack is beyond my comprehension.

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Deer Advisor: Help for Communities Grappling with Abundant Deer Populations

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Meredith Cornett has directed The Nature Conservancy’s science program in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota since August 2003.

Deer Management Solutions: It Takes a Village. Literally.

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Because citizens are demanding it — across the nation from New Jersey to Minnesota, from Iowa to Maryland: * Union County, New Jersey is among the longest-standing examples of community-driven deer management. A white-tailed deer. Photo: Kent Mason. By Meredith Cornett.

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10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

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Voyageurs National Park , Minnesota. Anchored by three lakes, this park is a labyrinth of waterways, peninsulas, and islands spanning 340 square miles of Minnesota’s northern border. Petrified Forest National Park. Photo: © Andrew V Kearns VIP/NPS. By Justine E.