Minnesota lakes are shedding their ice, but slowly because of recent cold weather. Most lakes south of Interstate 94 are ice-free, according to the state Climatology Office.
Ice left Lake Emily and Lake Minnewaska last week in west-central Minnesota. But Lake Mille Lacs remained ice-covered, as were Gull, Pelican and North Long in central Minnesota. All major lakes in northern Minnesota remained ice-covered. To see the latest, see the Climatology Office's website at www.startribune.com/a335.Gulf oil spill and ducks
The Gulf oil spill wasn't the duck calamity that some predicted, according to Delta Waterfowl's scientific director. But Frank Rohwer says the federal assessment to measure the oil spill's impact on waterfowl lacked leadership, urgency and coherent planning.
"As a scientist, one of my great frustrations is that we have failed to use this disaster to learn how to better deal with any future oil spills," said Rohwer of Louisiana State University, who was assigned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct the waterfowl assessment.
Rohwer said in a news release that we don't know any more today than we did before the spill happened.
"Judging from the inefficiency I saw in the waterfowl arena," he says, "I'd bet that assessment applies across the board."
He called the spill "the duck catastrophe that didn't happen. but next time we might not be so lucky."
Rohwer was assigned to conduct the assessment as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Program. The results will be used to determine BP's liability for losses of migratory birds and other water birds.
Beginning in late January, Rohwer led a team of student-researchers who followed "transects" in five designated sites along the Gulf Coast, a major wintering area for millions of ducks, geese and other migratory birds.
"We only recovered a handful of confirmed oiled birds," says Rohwer. "The upshot is that we got lucky."Pheasant Fest, 2012
For the first time, Pheasants Forever will hold its National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Kansas City, Mo. The show will be next Feb. 17-19 at the Kansas City Convention Center. The annual convention, outdoor trade show and dog showcase has topped the 20,000 attendance mark each of the last six events. Holding the event in Missouri will allow Pheasants Forever-Quail Forever organizations to hold a Quail Classic for the first time. Quail are found in both Kansas and Missouri.
|Boston - WP: M. Ott||4||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: M. Hoffman||3|
|San Francisco||8:05 PM|
|Milwaukee||53||2nd Qtr 1:34|
|LA Lakers||8:30 PM|
|Phoenix||0||2nd Prd 2:52|
|Buffalo||1||2nd Prd 5:04|
|San Jose||1||2nd Prd 6:50|
|Edmonton||1||1st Prd 8:59|
|NY Rangers||0||1st Prd 8:54|
|UC Santa Barbara||38|
|San Diego St||73|
|Utah Valley U||83|
|Cal State Fullerton||56||FINAL|
|Long Beach State||66|
|Ohio||73||2nd Half 0:25|
|Penn State||54||2nd Half 1:32|
|Troy||44||2nd Half 9:37|
|UCF||35||2nd Half 11:53|
|DePaul||46||2nd Half 11:40|
|Alabama||41||2nd Half 11:13|
|Miami-Florida||33||2nd Half 12:19|
|Baylor||56||2nd Half 11:02|
|Texas-El Paso||13||1st Half 10:12|
|Savannah State||7:25 PM|
|Oral Roberts||7:30 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|Alabama A&M||8:00 PM|
|Eastern Mich||8:00 PM|
|UC Riverside||8:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech||8:00 PM|
|Rhode Island||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|Fresno State||8:00 PM|
|Miss State||8:25 PM|
|West Virginia||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||10:30 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|Miss Valley St||68||FINAL|
|(22) Middle Tennessee||69|
|William & Mary||65|
|Alabama State||55||2nd Half 1:46|
|Louisiana Tech||50||2nd Half 9:10|
|Southern Ill||7||1st Half 12:30|
|Idaho State||7:30 PM|
|Old Dominion||8:30 PM|
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