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Outdoors

Remembering and making memories in the outdoors

MARQUETTE — “I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream,” – Joe T. Babcock And now I go out walking again, barefoot in the wet, muddy places where the cow slips are already set to bloom. Their gloriously bright yellow pedals reflect sunlight onto the bright, green leaves of these ...

My favorite things — the ones you experience in nature

MARQUETTE — “Come on the risin’ wind, we’re going up around the bend,” – John Fogerty I have always been interested in the idea of harbingers – indicators or signals of things up the road, coming around the bend – things we can’t see today, maybe not even tomorrow, but ...

Springtime can make you dizzy with memories

MARQUETTE — “Stop and smell the roses, baby I can’t hardly see,” – Steve Forbert There’s a smell to the air in the springtime that makes me dizzy with memories. Something about the cold and damp in the winds too that makes me recall with ease many of those childhood times. I ...

DNR inland fisheries surveys critical to management

LANSING — Collecting key data on Michigan’s world-class fisheries is critical for successful management of our diverse fisheries resources. Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries management units completed over 260 fisheries surveys across Michigan in 2021. Specifically, DNR ...

Fishing Report

Smelt runs have not yet started in the Upper Peninsula. Many areas along the lakeshores of Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan still have ice formations in front of and near river mouths. Cold temperatures and slow snowmelt in most areas have slowed the progression and timing of smelt ...

A nighttime search for elusive backyard owls

MARQUETTE — “In the still of the night, I held you, held you tight,” – Fred Parris When I woke up, the room was bathed in a wash of blue-light, television glow. I had fallen asleep on the couch. It was now about 4 o’clock in the morning. I shut off the box and walked my snack ...