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Crazy Pine Siskins

We have a gazillion pine siskins at our bird feeders right now. The feeders have to be filled twice a day to keep up with these ravenous little guys. Does anyone know what the story is? We have had siskins before but never so many at one time. Undoubtedly our seeds are tasty, but …

The Mitten

http://youtu.be/AiyM_5D_p94

Another cold day today, more crazy cold coming this weekend. Be careful out there, dress appropriately.

Moving the Infinity Stone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-_iIDQA3LM

Raising the Celtic Mandala Stone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPcg2W-QJnQ

Diving with the Triquetra Stone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsTP9R52OOQ

Summer 2014 placement experiment with MacManus Stoneworks’ triquetra stone, towards an eventual permanent placement in an underwater orienteering course or geocache concept. More deets in summer 2015.

Underwater Carved Stone Portraits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhoUDY02PyU

Collaborating with Sean MacManus of MacManus Stoneworks, our plan was to create an underwater geocache or orienteering course of his carved stones in Lake Superior. The summer of 2014 saw me performing initial placement experiments. This failed to yield any permanent way to affix the stones underwater, but it did generate several video portraits of the stones in situ. A follow-up video will detail the work I did to try and place these stones underwater. Summer of 2015 will see more progress and additional ideas. Meanwhile, enjoy~

Ice Climbing at Casket Quarry in West Duluth

http://vimeo.com/119079856

A group from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Outdoor Recreation Living and Learning Community take on Casket Quarry on Jan. 31. Video by Grant Sachs.

Underwater Lester Creek and What I Found There

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8muRGRUZ_go

July 2014.

Video Archive: How to Build an Igloo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSIBBfbJqqo

Here’s one from the early days of vlogging. Starfire and V-Nick show how to build an igloo in this grainy PDD video from 2005.

Ruffed grouse release 2/5/15

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Several days ago, one of our great local conservation officers brought in a ruffed grouse with a head injury to Wildwoods. The grouse has made a full recovery, so today, Sarah and Trudy released her back into the wild. The grouse exploded from the transport kennel and quickly disappeared into the woods.

2015 John Beargrease Aerial (Drone) Video

https://vimeo.com/117768602

The PDD drone, piloted by Cory Fechner (liftoffaerials.com) was at the start of the 2015 John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon yesterday to shoot aerial footage. There were other drones at the starting line so we ventured out into the woods to capture the mushers a quarter-mile into the race.

Music: “Guit. Ditty” by Hattie Peterson from Twenty3 Years Into 4teen Songs.

Duluth Grants Available

The Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund is issuing more grants this year. The endowment has already donated almost $34,000 over the years. Go to the website for information and application information. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

The DLEF supports valued Duluth community programs. Anyone from a group involved in these areas should consider applying:

  • Arts and culture
  • Beautification
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human service
  • Parks and recreation

Walking to Duluth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SulGuNGaKWk

We have no idea if Julian Holenstein is really walking from Thunder Bay to Duluth via frozen Lake Superior or if the title of his video is a joke, but either way he’s worth a few awesomeness points.

Things We Saw in the Valley of Silence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU3NvwO-Zzk

PDD Video Lab: Cute Snowshoe Hare

Here’s an adorable video of the elusive snowshoe hare by photographer Michael Furtman. With no audio, the silence is a bit deafening, so we’ll encourage you to provide your own soundtrack. Press play on the video above, then press play on one of the selections below.