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Along the Portage is the Voyageur's outdoor news section. Here readers find year-round coverage of local hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Regular features include the DNR Question of the Week, and Mike Rahn's "Inside the Outdoors" column. Captivating wildlife photos by local photographers are a special addition to Along the Portage.

 

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Welcome to Clinton Nienhaus! Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Head Naturalist

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DNR Question of the Week

MINNESOTA DNR — QUESTION: Do hibernating bears ever leave their den during winter if the weather gets unusually warm?

ANSWER: Hibernating bears are prompted to come out of their den both by warming temperatures and by increasing day length (normally late March to early April). Thus, a January thaw typically will not fool a bear into coming out early. However, some bears may find themselves in a wet den when temperatures get warm, with snow melting around their den, and this could force them out.

Bears also may be more prone to disturbance from humans during warm spells when they are not hibernating as soundly, and this could cause them to vacate their den. After abandoning their den, they will typically find another suitable site that they already know about. However, any ....

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TAMARACK SNO-FLYERS VINTAGE RIDE: It was a great turn out at the 27th Annual Tamarack Sno-Flyers Vintage Run. With temperatures in the upper 30s, 272 sleds registered for the event.

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Welcome to Clinton Nienhaus! Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Head Naturalist

Vintage riders brave chilly temps for Big Sandy Lake run

Rice Lake NWR Christmas Bird Count Results

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Balmy ride from Tamarack to Lawler

LAWLER, Minn. — Vintage sled enthusiasts revved up their engines for the start of the 27th Annual Tamarack Sno-Flyers Vintage Run on Saturday, January 30. Unseasonably warm January temperatures in the upper 30s contributed to an impressive turnout of 272 registered riders.

Participants departed from the Sno-Flyers building in Tamarack in anticipation of a 13-mile stretch of freshly groomed trails with several places to stop to socialize, enjoy a bonfire or cool off the vintage sled engines along the way. They arrived at Jackson’s Hole in Lawler where beverages, food and trophies awaited.

Trophies were presented for classic sleds 25 years or older to the following: Best ....

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Vintage riders brave chilly temps for Big Sandy Lake run

Rice Lake NWR Christmas Bird Count Results

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Hunters register more than 128,000 deer through third weekend

Welcome to Clinton Nienhaus! Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Head Naturalist

MEADOWLANDS, Minn. — The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog family has gotten bigger by one with the recent hiring of a full-time Head Naturalist. A big Bog welcome to Clinton Nienhaus! Some of you may already know Clinton through his position as Count Interpreter at Hawk Ridge, or as a leader for Duluth Audubon field trips, or maybe you met him when he guides for the Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival ... or maybe you joined him on the Fishes field trip at the Sax-Zim Bog BioBlitz III ... You get the idea ... Clinton has become an important leader in the northern Minnesota nature scene.

As Head Naturalist, Clinton will be focusing on bog interpretation for groups of all ages and types ... school groups, civic groups, speaking engagements, field trips and more. He will also be conducting winter raptor surveys (important baseline data for North America has been lacking), rare owl surveys and participating in other scientific projects. Friends of Sax-Zim Bog hopes to broaden its reach and spread the message that bogs are important and amazing places filled with fascinating plants and creatures. His first day will be December 1, and we will be scheduling programs after that. His first birding field trip will be Sunday, December 6.

Learn more about Clinton in an upcoming e-Newsletter! Welcome aboard ....

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