Minnesota Mallard Numbers Down, Other Species Up

Minnesota’s breeding mallard population counts are down from last year, but other species saw increases, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today. Each year, the department conducts spring waterfowl surveys across the state. This year’s mallard breeding population was estimated at 206,000, which is 20 percent below last year’s estimate of 257,000 breeding mallards,…
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Solitude, Good Fishing Part Of This Wilderness Canoe Trip

Six of us spent eight days in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park in mid-June, fishing for walleyes, lake trout and northern pike. Surprisingly, mosquitoes and blackflies were almost absent. Fishing was excellent at times, challenging at other times. Walleyes were shallow, hungry for the soft plastic worms and minnows we offered them. We caught walleyes up…
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Hartley Nature Center Seeking Kickstarter Funds For ‘nature Playscape’

Hartley Nature Center in Duluth has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for a “nature playscape” at Hartley Park. People can contribute to the campaign through July 3, and it’s an all-or-nothing proposition — the nature center receives either $10,000 or nothing. Already, contributions have topped $3,000. What’s a “nature playscape?” Here’s how the…
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Spirit Mountain Biking Trail A National Finalist — Voting Underway Now

The competition has begun. Duluth is one of three finalists in a national online competition for a $100,000 mountain bike trail grant, courtesy of Bell Helmets. Duluth, representing our nation’s central region, will vie against West Coast finalist Mariposa, Calif., and East Coast finalist Knoxville, Tenn. The Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores — called COGGS…
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Send Us Your Big-fish Photos

Did you catch a big fish already this season? We’d love to put it in the Duluth News Tribune’s outdoors pages. Send it to outdoors@duluthnews.com. Or message me here and attach the photo. Be sure to give us names, places, etc.