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Outdoors

Exploring the Copper Country on foot

Hiking is a favorite recreational activity for most in the Copper Country. The area offers a huge variety of opportunities and destinations to explore. There are trails and trails and more trails. The sun shines brightly throughout the entire Copper Country for hiking here. There is no better ...

Tick season thriving

Social media posts regarding the emergence of ticks in the Copper Country began appearing in February, which means the season for them will undoubtedly be longer this year. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District office, in St. Paul, Minnesota, reported on April 4 that the unusually warm ...

Homegrown National Parks: How you can save the world in your yard

Thinking about all the world’s natural problems can be overwhelming. In a world of eight billion people and a whole bunch of environmental issues such as dwindling wild spaces and biodiversity, what can one person really do? You can transform your yard into quality habitat to support local ...

Reflecting on the once-was of abandoned houses

There’s a field I know that I often drive past on my way to quiet and contemplative places in the surrounding woodlands. I always look, but there’s rarely anything to see here but what was once a hopeful landscape, from a time that has long since passed away. There’s no fence around ...

Curiosity piqued at the mountain’s peak

“Losin’ wouldn’t be so bad at all but I’m always on a mountain when I fall.” – Merle Haggard From down here, I can see a ridgeline high above me. It sits across a river valley and then almost straight up about five hundred feet through steep and aggressive terrain. The ...

Native plant symposium Saturday

HOUGHTON — Naturalist and television host David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation will deliver the keynote address at the Seventh Annual Keweenaw Native Plant Symposium, set for 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 23, on Zoom. To learn more and register for this free event, go to ...