By now (May 12), Fall Lake is ice free. With rapid snowmelt over frozen ground, runoff and recent rains have raised the lake level higher than we've seen it before. Birds are arriving to stay for the summer or are moving through, bound for northern breeding grounds. Suddenly it feels like spring!
Hubachek Wilderness Research Center's facilities continue to improve. Plans are progressing for a site-wide electrical system update. A new well is ready to be connected to the water system as soon as the need arises. Winterized buildings are being brought back into service as the ground thaws.
The B4WarmED research project's plot heaters are back on. Researchers and interns have returned to begin their season's data collection.
We look forward to hosting two University field courses this summer: the Forest Resources Department's Park and Protected Area Management Field Studies, back after a two-year hiatus, and the College of Earth and Environmental Sciences' Advanced Field Geology course, new to us this year.
Learn more about activities at the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center and its big-sister research station, the Cloquet Forestry Center, in our View From the Woods 2021 newsletter.
Are you interested in wildfire in the Superior National Forest? The series of Pagami Creek Fire events has ended now, but recordings of some events are, or will be, available. The workshop planned for April 20-21 has been postponed to a date still to be determined. Check the listing at the "Learning From the Pagami Creek Fire" webpage for more information.
Save the date for the first University of Minnesota Invasive Species Conference, coming up June 28 at UMN Research and Outreach Centers across the state.