Hunting for voles last week at Winterberry Bog in the Sax-Zim Bog about an hour north of Duluth was this barred owl. A valued sighting by birders, bar

Anderson: Bird watchers come from far away for glimpses at Sax-Zim site

As word spread about unique sightings, northern swampland became a go-to for fowl enthusiasts

Anderson: Pheasant Fest gathering was further proof of women's traction in hunting

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Marissa Jensen, a Pheasants Forever outreach coordinator, came to hunting late in her young life, but the experience was transformative.
The vibe was upbeat, even excited, as the women gathered to celebrate their common passion for dogs, birds and wild places.

Minnesota gold medalist Jessie Diggins inspiring skiers young and old

February 21
Jessie Diggins' zeal for skiing and life resonates with her young fans and followers.
Her star power also has helped lure the World Cup to come to Minneapolis next month.
Duluth
February 22
Researchers filmed wolves eating berries last summer after looking at GPS collar data and finding a pack that was spending a lot of time in an area wi

Summer of Voyageur National Park wolf research reveals a berry surprise

Using real-time data from GPS collars to set up trail cameras, researchers found that blueberries may play a more important role in the canines' diet than researchers had known.
Outdoors
February 22
Deer head drop boxes like this one in southeastern Minnesota have become a fixture during recent deer hunts in southeastern Minnesota.

U of M achieves milestone for CWD testing of wild and tame deer

The technology — not yet validated by federal regulators — is welcomed as a research tool by the state Department of Natural Resources and the Board of Animal Health.
Outdoors
February 20
In western Minnesota, Lac qui Parle County is known for its wildlife habitat.

Fight over land sale to DNR moves to court in western Minnesota

Landowner who wants to sell is suing Lac qui Parle County.
Outdoors
February 20
The Island Park cottage, for Outdoors Weekend

Family got to tap into their memories of 'a nice shack on a hill'

In 1952, several years before I was born, our parents bought a place we call “The Cottage.” Really, it just was a nice shack on…
Tony Jones baptized his 14-year old son, Aidan, as a neophyte voyageur at the completion of the Height of Land Portage in the BWCA. ] Aaron Lavinsky �
Special Series: Boundary Water Passage Father, son launch epic canoe journey in Boundary Waters
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Part 1: A rainy start and sore shoulders foreshadowed the adventure to come for a father and son on the lakes near the Minnesota-Canada border.
Outdoors
February 20
FILE - In this March 1, 2018 file photo, the Remington name is seen etched on a model 870 shotgun at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. For years, t

Legislation would get rid of Minnesota shotgun-only deer hunting zones

Legislator says rules are obsolete, were created for herd-control in scarce areas.
Outdoors
February 20
Alex Hastings, curator of paleontology at the Science Museum of Minnesota, during some field work on the Cottonwood River in New Ulm.

Currents: Alex Hastings, paleontology curator at Science Museum of Minnesota

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Outdoors
February 20
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Snowshoeing, ice fishing and more possibilities at Minnesota parks

Activities include an adventure race for kids in Three Rivers Parks District.
Outdoors
February 20
Learn about features in the night sky – and be awed

Learn about features in the night sky – and be awed

  Get outdoors if you can, locate a few stars you recognize, and be awe-struck. Start simply by learning how to spot the Big Dipper…
Local
February 19
As part of the BP legal settlement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Minnesota agencies more than $6 million for loon conservation efforts.

Money to prevent lead poisoning of loons released to MPCA

Federal dollars for the public awareness effort derive from the U.S. settlement with British Petroleum over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Outdoors
February 19
These dogs and their owners are matches made in ... you tell us

These dogs and their owners are matches made in ... you tell us

Think you know dogs? Read the biographical sketches that accompany each photo here and see if you can match each human with his or her best friend.
Outdoors
February 19
Skiers prepare for an event Feb. 5 at Quarry Hill. The Rochester Nordic Ski Team attracts skiers of all levels.

Rochester club has cultivated a ski gathering for the masses

Robust club showings at Quarry Hill Nature Center are the result of work laid over decades.
Outdoors
February 15

DNR revamps water safety policies, pays fine to settle violations in officer's drowning

Minnesota's conservation officers will be spot-checked by supervisors for compliance with new life jacket mandates as a result of policy changes stemming from last year's on-duty drowning of a game warden.
Outdoors
February 15
Tucker, an 8-year-old Brittany

Behind the scenes: Dog portraits at Pheasant Fest

Go behind the scenes with a Star Tribune Staff Photographer as they create portraits of hunting dogs and their owners at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.
Curious Minnesota
February 14
A male bison was born on April 30th at the Minnesota Zoo. The calf is part of a herd in an exhibit along the zoo’s Northern Trail and is also part o

When did wild bison disappear from Minnesota?

Once on the verge of extinction, the American bison is no longer an endangered species. Minnesotans can now visit the iconic animal in three locations around the state
Outdoors
February 13
A male woodcock made a landing on its “singing ground” as part of its routine for attracting a mate.

The timing is right to reflect on the woodcock's unusual proclamation of love.

Valentine's Day: Witness the unusual 'Sky Dance.'
Outdoors
February 13
A trumpeter swan stretched on a pond north of Elk River.

Trumpeter swans continue to die in Vadnais Lake-area waters; lead suspected

Latest case is from bird found dead Feb. 3, DNR biologist says
Outdoors
February 13
Said Wade Truong: "Ethical hunting is the ultimate way to understand where your food comes from."

Anderson: Understanding your food: Chef's inspiration is in the hunt

Wade Truong, who'll appear at the Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, is a chef and hunter – and those overlapping worlds inspire him.
Outdoors
February 13
Biologist ponders: What happens when every deer has chronic wasting disease?

Biologist ponders: What happens when every deer has chronic wasting disease?

Wisconsin county's saturation raises an idea to analyze.
Outdoors
February 13
Emma Schultz likes to hit the dirt on two wheels. She lends her mountain bike talents to Little Bellas, an organization that aims to build confidence

Currents: Emma Schultz, community forest project specialist

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Outdoors
February 13
Gray wolf packs have a dominant adult pair.

Wolf pack structure is interesting view of a family dynamic

Nature Notes: They are breeders typically in February.