Friday: Outdoors

Pheasants Forever

MARQUETTE — Pheasants in the Upper Peninsula? There might not be an overabundance of the popular game bird here, which is more plentiful downstate, but that doesn’t mean habitat can’t be cultivated to nurture other species. A small group of interested hunters and conservationists ...

Outdoors North: Autumnal equinox brings feeling of balance

“But if you could bring her back to me or take her from my memory, then time you’d be a friend of mine.” — Sue Lane There seem to be a handful occasions during the year when the tremendous rush and hurry of life’s rolling river slows into quiet, pooling waters long enough to catch ...

Outdoors North: Leaving a ‘Gone Fishing’ note may be good practice

“I wished I’d looked before I leaped, I didn’t know it was so deep. Been down so far I don’t get wet, I haven’t touched the bottom yet,” — Diane Hildebrand and The Monkees With the deep purple shadows of evening starting to fall, the shiny teardrop-shaped spinner blade was ...

Marquette marathoners

MARQUETTE — Local runners Bill Sved and Donna Thackwray have finished the Marquette Marathon, as have many others. Their resume, though, also includes races in glamorous locales like the Honolulu and Maui Oceanfront marathons. However, every state has its scenic spots, and running a ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Lake trout fishing was slow as most struggled to catch two or three fish. Coho were caught near the lower harbor and near the mouth of the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers. A couple chinook were caught in the rivers but no word on coho yet. • Au Train: Limit and near limit ...

Michigamme Highlands

MARQUETTE — The Nature Conservancy recently created another forest reserve in Michigan by acquiring more than 6,100 acres in the Michigamme Highlands of Baraga County, west of Marquette. The reserve is adjacent to the northern and western boundaries of Craig Lake State Park. The new ...

Capturing the elusive thirteen-lined ground squirrels

“Go, go gophers, watch them go, go, go,” — W. Watts Biggers At a recent late afternoon visit to the Marquette County Fair, I inadvertently found myself on an information quest after I saw a small animal skulking on the warm cement in the sunlight, outside the open door to the 4-H ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Had good fishing with many taking a mix of lake trout, coho, steelhead, and even a few chinook 50 to 60 feet down near the white rocks and between the Upper and Lower Harbors. Most were using downriggers with 3 to 5 colors of lead core. A few salmon were caught ...

Longing for Indian Summer at the Mackinac Bridge

“Lot of water under the bridge, lot of other stuff too,” – Bob Dylan When I was a young kid, I was given a small, white, spiral-bound booklet of color photographs that showed the Mackinac Bridge, standing tall over the ever-changing moods and complexions of the straits below. I got ...

Wildlife photographer, videographer talks about unique deer

MARQUETTE — “Ghost deer” sounds much more poetic than “melanin-deprived cervid.” Whatever you call it, an albino white-tailed deer seen in the wild is a memory that probably will last a lifetime. Jeff Richter of northern Wisconsin has spent countless hours photographing white ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Limits or near limits of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and little Presque Isle. The occasional coho was caught near the white rocks. Those fishing near Granite Island had mixed results and the fishing at Shot Point has slowed. No salmon were caught in the rivers ...

Understanding the importance of streamside, lakeshore habitat

MARQUETTE — The thousands of rivers, lakes and streams in Michigan are beautiful, special places, not only to a wide range of people, including anglers, boaters and campers, but numerous plant and animal species. Those areas between the water and the uplands are called riparian areas or ...

Outdoors North: The swift departure of summer approaches

“We’re caught in a trap, I can’t walk out, because I love you too much baby,” – Mark James Just a few steps outside the back door, I heard nothing. The silence was disturbing. In the weeks since May, I had become accustomed to hearing the chattering of chimney swifts as they banked ...

The birds and the trees

MARQUETTE — Who knew that studying the connection between insects, birds and trees could end up being like a chemistry experiment? Birds eat insects from some trees, yet leave others untouched. Why? It could be that when the insects begin to munch on leaves, the trees send out a “help ...

Meteor showers provide stunning displays

“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.” — Don Henley/Glenn Frey It seems like it was a lifetime ago, when I used to spend a good deal of time exploring the fascinating nighttime world of the Devil’s Punchbowl area, a geologic attraction situated not far from California’s ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Strong winds scattered the fish. A few lake trout were caught near Granite Island, the white rocks and off Shot Point. A couple coho were caught near Shot Point. • Au Train: Lake trout were caught in front of Au Train Island and Shelter Bay. • Munising: A ...

USFS project benefits wildlife

GLADSTONE — Black-backed woodpeckers have unique habitat needs. During periods without wildfires, these birds live in small, dispersed populations in unburned stands of conifer trees. However, after a large wildfire that burns into the treetops, black-backed woodpecker population predictably ...

Snake River Canyon remains bridge too far

“I know every inch of highway, every foot of backroad, every mile of railroad track.” — Mark Lindsay/Keith Allison If you were like us, back in those days, you knew the height of every crack in every displaced, or frost-heaved section of sidewalk from your house to the playgrounds, or ...

Gone fishin’

• Marquette: Good numbers of coho were still being caught in top 30 of waters 50 to 60 feet deep in the Lower Harbor and off Shot Point. Short cores and copper, dipsies and downriggers have all taken fish. Lots of lake trout were caught between the white rocks and Granite Island in 130 to 200 ...

Having a ‘lake-ation’

HARVEY — Fourteen-year-old Ruben Meza of downstate Madison Heights could have spent last Friday beachcombing along Lake Superior. Instead, he worked the stretch of land along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail near the Michigan Welcome Center. The site, located along U.S. 41 by Lake Superior, is a ...