Isle Royale gets historic designation

The National Park Service has put Isle Royale – Minong in Ojibwe – on the National Register of Historic Places. The action formally recognizes centuries of historic legacies of the 400-island archipelago in Lake Superior, including copper mining, fishing, hunting, trapping, recreation and a wide range of uses by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

New technology doesn’t settle old arguments over large dairies

Indiana recently granted a permit to build a large organic dairy about an hour south of Lake Michigan. The operation plans to use a new waste handling system endorsed by billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. Local environmental groups are skeptical and fear the potential for groundwater contamination.

Keep your eye out for snowy owls

A crew of scientists, bird banders and wildlife veterinarians needs your sightings for research on the Arctic raptor’s mysterious migration patterns.