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North Words: Kingbirds and flycatchers are admirable birds

February 22, 2013 in DL-Online

A friend of mine recently showed a PowerPoint presentation of his experiences as a helicopter pilot in the Army National Guard and his deployment to Iraq in the late 2000s. Continue Reading

North Words: Nuthatches are very interesting birds to watch

February 15, 2013 in DL-Online

During our latest snow event, I noticed that the wild birds at my feeders were especially active. Blue jays, pine grosbeaks, common red polls, chickadees, and nuthatches were busily feeding and caching seeds. Continue Reading

North Words: Gathering food is a full time job for woodland creatures

February 8, 2013 in DL-Online

Often as it is, when we watch wildlife going about their business it’s the eating business that we observe them doing: squirrels cracking acorn shells, deer grazing on hay fields, or ducks dabbling in the wetlands. Continue Reading

North Words: Birds’ plumage is essential to survival in northwoods

February 1, 2013 in DL-Online

In the world of birds, plumage color patterns are essential to individual species survival. In fact, one of the many functions of plumage color is concealment. Continue Reading

North Words: Ruby-Throated Kinglet: The little bird with the big, bold and beautiful song

January 25, 2013 in DL-Online

He’s a tiny fellow, not much more than four inches long, not particularly colorful, yet sings a song that’s sure to delight. Continue Reading

North Words – Deer, rabbits and hares find unusual ways to feed and protect themselves in winter

January 18, 2013 in DL-Online

When I lived in Fisher, Minn., just a few miles east of East Grand Forks alongside U.S. Highway 2, I remember one winter afternoon as I sat and watched from my apartment’s living room window a dozen deer in the middle of the adjacent farm field pawing through a skiff of snow. Continue Reading

North Words – Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count returns for 2013

January 11, 2013 in DL-Online

The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, along with partner Bird Studies of Canada, are once again sponsoring the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Continue Reading

North Words – No matter what they’re called, great horned owls are large, fearless

January 4, 2013 in DL-Online

Sometimes called a “tiger on wings” or “tiger owl”, our most recognized owl of Minnesota’s Northwoods is certainly known by numerous names. Continue Reading

North Words – It’s a pleasure to, once again, hear the songs of grosbeaks

December 28, 2012 in DL-Online

For most of this early winter I’ve been content at observing the year ’round resident blue jays, white-breasted nuthatches, and black-capped chickadees, in addition to the woodpecker trio downy, hairy, and pileated woodpeckers frequent my backyard birdfeeders. Continue Reading

North Words – The American beaver performs amazing engineering feats

December 21, 2012 in DL-Online

Last fall once again in the backcountry of a state wildlife management area north of Karlstad, Minn., I walked upon a single beaver dam for nearly its full quarter-mile length. Continue Reading