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Seeing the scene through a fish's eye/Biological Bits

August 31, 2012 What and how do fish see? Understanding the answer to this question will make one a better angler. more »»

Turnover time comes regularly for local lakes/Biological Bits

August 24, 2012 The Copper Country has just experienced the hottest July on record, which led to the surface water temperature of Lake Superior exceeding 70 degrees Fahrenhei. more »»

Some thoughts on light (from the sun)/Out There

August 17, 2012 During the spring runoff of 2010, I was invited along on a day-long canoe trip down the Ontonagon River. more »»

Nature’s bounty on land and in the air/Wildernotes

August 10, 2012 Summer is really flying by.  Here we are and it’s already the start of Augus. more »»

Partnerships provide valuable resource management assistance/Inside the DNR

August 3, 2012 The last few years have been pretty rough on the budgets of the DNR’s resource management divisions. more »»

Lamprey control critical to Lake Superior fishing/Biological Bits

July 27, 2012 Lamprey — it’s a word that brings out a variety of emotions in anglers ... fear, hatred and disgust are the most common. more »»

Flying high: Spring waterfowl count indicates record numbers

July 13, 2012 BARAGA — Results from the annual Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey, conducted in May by the U.S. more »»

C-K Sportsmen hosting kids’ fishing derby

July 13, 2012 CALUMET — The Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its 9th Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Swedetown Pond in Calumet July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. more »»

When plants attack: Carnivorous plants of the U.P./Brian Hess

July 13, 2012 When you hear about carnivorous plants, most people automatically think of the Venus flytrap. Well, unfortunately we are a little farther north than their typical range. more »»

Take advantage of great outdoors, free Recreation 101 classes/Inside the DNR

July 6, 2012 When the whistle blows at the end of the day, it isn’t difficult to think of dozens of things we could do to get out there and enjoy the Upper Peninsula’s great outdoors. Kayaking. Biking. more »»

Taking a better look at bats

June 29, 2012 HANCOCK TOWNSHIP — There’s a lot of things people get wrong about bats. That’s what 8-year-old Lance Motowski and his sister, Leah, 6, learned Wednesday afternoon at McLain State Park. more »»

A few bits and bites on fishing for burbot/Biological Bits

June 29, 2012 What exactly is a burbot, you ask? They are what Captain Hook hated being called by Peter Pan, “codfish”! A burbot is a fish, scientifically known as Lota lota. more »»

Asian carp:?the big, the bad and the ugly/Biological Bits

June 22, 2012 Recent questions about Asian carp from anglers and non-anglers have prompted this column in an attempt to inform readers about their history, biology, known and potential problems should they... more »»

Lunkers in L'Anse

June 15, 2012 More than 100 boats with 355 anglers took to the waters of Keweenaw Bay Saturday for the seventh annual Keweenaw Bay Classic fishing tournament. more »»

The city, the park and nature/Out There

June 15, 2012 I am standing on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in New York City. Buses lumber by, cab drivers honk their horns, a street vendor hawks baseball caps. more »»

Anglers geared up for Free Fishing Weekend

June 8, 2012 HOUGHTON — The weather should be beautiful, several events are planned and the price is certainly right as thousands of people across Michigan prepare to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend. more »»

Remembering reptiles from childhood/Brian Hess

June 8, 2012 Ever since I can remember I’ve been interested in herpetology. more »»

Exceptionally high fire danger leads to outdoor burning ban/Debbie Munson Badini

June 1, 2012 You’d have been hard-pressed to pick up a newspaper or watch a newscast during the past week and not see coverage of wildfires raging in the Upper Peninsula. more »»

The life, history and biology of steelhead - part two/Biological Bits

May 25, 2012 Last month my column was Part I of a two-part column about the history of steelhead (also known as rainbow trout) in Michigan and Houghton County. more »»

Hopes high for walleye season

May 18, 2012 CHASSELL — An early spring only increased anticipation for Tuesday’s walleye opener, and now that the wait is finally over, local anglers are hitting the water hoping to take advantage of an... more »»



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