KTWH volunteer John Bathke interviews Katya about this year’s Sea Change adventure on Lake Superior. They talked not long before Katya left Knife River with her family and four interns to do climate change education while circumnavigating the lake in their sail boat. (Pictured are Katya and Mark Gordon, in their element)
The 3rd Annual Grown by our Own local foods event was held on May 20th at the Two Harbors Community Center, and our reporter Dale Peterson was on hand to capture some reactions from attendees and vendors alike.
Sounds of the Season – normally by the end of April we might be hearing more bird songs and other wildlife calls. This year our soundscape consists of running water and wind. Snowmelt – it will take some time to relieve ourselves of the winter’s extra-generous bequest of snow cover.
This file begins with about a minute each of water babbling briskly in an ephemeral stream (one which only flows in the spring with runoff or after major downpours) and the same stream heard from under 16” of persistent snowcover; then a slushy approach down steps to the foot of the lower Gooseberry Falls – the roar of which eventually overwhelms the observers, followed by the roar of the upper Gooseberry Falls (can you hear a difference?); and finally the light whooshing sound of the wind in a lone mature white pine holding forth above the relentless gusts in a mixed forest of younger birch and aspen, still bare of any foliage of course. All recordings made April 26 and 27, 2014 in Lake County, Minnesota.
Gus shares his experiences working in a local sugar bush, an annual spring ritual.
This podcast was originally posted on WTIP – check out Gus’ Wild Side show which airs on the Lake County Journal once a month on the fourth Thursday.
This is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Oden Alreck.
Will’s interview with Oden continues with a story about the origins of the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). The ELC in Isabella, predecessor to Wolf Ridge ELC in Finland, was built on the site of a former Job Corps camp and was the first environmental learning center in northern Minnesota. Every year many students look forward to visiting the Wolf Ridge ELC. Students and adults can experience the outdoors, explore the woods, kayak, hike, see the animals and more.
Founded in 1971, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center was the first environmental learning center in the nation to be accredited as a K-12 school and is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental education.