Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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Grand Forks' peregrine falcon pair—Marv and Terminator—has new neighbors. In Crookston. Laura Bell, a naturalist at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, said a student and professor installed the nest box on a grain elevator a few years ago in hopes of attracting peregrines. It took a few years, but the effort worked. Bell's reaction: "Finally!" Grand Forks raptor expert Tim Driscoll, who teaches a raptor ecology class at UMC, said he visited the nest box site this morning.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • April 13: Audubon talk by Dan Svedarsky, 7 p.m., East Grand Forks Campbell Library. Professor and director of the Center for Sustainability at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and research biologist at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, Svedarsky will speak about the prairie. Info: Matthew Spoor, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Elk numbers in the Grygla, Minn., area of northwest Minnesota continue to decline, while herds in Kittson and Roseau counties are doing well based on results from winter aerial surveys, the Department of Natural Resources says. Observers counted 17 elk in the Grygla herd during the annual survey, the DNR said, down from 21 last year and 18 in 2015. The DNR's population goal for the Grygla herd is 30 to 38 elk.
Barring a miracle of Lazarus-like proportions, the Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation appears to be dead, the victim of changing times and an aging membership. If an obituary of the club was to be written, it would include a lengthy list of accomplishments on behalf of wildlife and habitat. Formed in 1947, the Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation was 70 years old.
POLK COUNTY, Minn.—Thursday afternoon was perfect for burning. And learning. Light and variable northeast winds and plenty of sun made for a pleasant afternoon to be outside serenaded by chorus frogs and wood frogs waking up from their winter slumber in the wetlands of Chicog Wildlife Management Area between Crookston and Fertile, Minn. But for the crew gathered at the WMA, there was little time to enjoy what nature had to offer. That's where the burning and learning came into play.
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Spring burning restrictions will go into effect Monday in most northwest Minnesota counties and will remain in place until grasses green up, usually in mid-May, the Department of Natural Resources announced. Burning permits now are required in snow-free, open areas unless unbroken snow cover remains in the area surrounding the fire. Small campfires less than 3 feet across are allowed but must be attended and put out cold. During the burning restriction period, only variance permits for agricultural operations are issued, and only from DNR Forestry offices.
A rooster pheasant wandering the streets of Grand Forks the past couple of months has been the cock of the walk wherever he makes an appearance. Tim Pasley, who lives in central Grand Forks nowhere near traditional pheasant country, said he first saw the pheasant a couple of months ago, and the bird shows up about once a week. Another reader, Barb Kueber, shared a photo that ran on Page A2 of Monday's paper.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is among a bipartisan group of senators to reintroduce the Sportsmen's Act, which aims to promote hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. Heitkamp, who is vice-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, introduced the Sportsmen's Act of 2017 along with other caucus leaders. Heitkamp and others introduced similar legislation in 2015.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department continues to take comment on a plan to implement a limited otter trapping season in November, and barring something drastic, the season will be part of the small game and furbearer proclamation the department sends to Gov. Doug Burgum in mid-July. "That's when we would finalize it, but with the way it's looking right now, it doesn't appear there's a lot of concerns," said Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck. "We plan on moving forward with it unless we hear differently."