STAFF BLOG WILDWINGS Icing, and things that fly
Since the early days of aviation, the phenomenon known as airframe icing has proven to be a very very bad thing for flyers. I won't go into the science behind this, but know that once a wing begins to... Posted on 4/10/13 at 3:52 PM
STAFF BLOG ADDICTED TO RUNNING Under a gray sky
Well, it looks like it will be a gray, cold evening, but I don't expect it will dampen the spirits of runners participating in tonight's Full Moon 5K in West Fargo.
My plan wavered on how to approach... Posted on 11/11/10 at 1:55 PM
NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND your backyard
For some reason it seems like we're supposed to evacuate (West) Fargo ==readyourhometown==every weekend and head to Wishek for the Tri-County Fair, Adrian for the 125th, LaMoure for the Red Hot Fire D... Posted on 7/18/10 at 3:31 PM
My dog’s breeder, Jeff Jalbert of Top Shelf Kennels in Horace, gave me a sideways glance as he set down his Busch Light on the polished wooden bar that wrapped along the south wing of Stiklestad Lodge near Fort Ransom, N.D.
“You going to test your boy this fall?” he asked.
Last Sunday I asked for a copy of North Dakota’s most recent record of Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens); it soon arrived via email. In the dispassionate language of scientific data, the entry simply stated, “5/29/1973 (1 called) Montpelier (LCH).” Translated it means someone with the initials LCH had heard this species calling in Montpelier in late May, 1973. Presumably “LCH” did not even see the bird. Prior to this there is only one other record from the state, a specimen recovered in Grafton in 1927 which now purportedly resides within a collection at the University of North Dakota. These are facts that make what occurred Sunday all the more significant.
The graceful canvasback duck, which inhabits the prairie wetlands of North Dakota, was the subject in a winning artwork that was named Best of Show in the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A 2006 poll conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service showed North Dakotans among the least likely Americans to be bird watchers on a per capita basis at 14 percent. Only Hawaiians polled lower among the 50 states. I’ve got my own theories as to why this might be the case but let’s put that aside for another time and assume the data are reasonably accurate.
If one is to believe the premise of a recent letter-to-the-editor in the Forum, there is a direct threat to the lives of pets everywhere in the metro area and it’s coming from the sky. Even more alarming, your babies are at risk. Or so the letter claimed.
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