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24 09, 2020

Bald Eagles


Minnesota is fortunate to be home to the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the United States outside of Alaska. In 1989, there were 390 occupied breeding areas in Minnesota, today there are over 700. The average wingspan of an eagle ranges from 7-7.5 feet. The average weight of a female bald eagle is 10-14 pounds, generally males weigh approximately 25% less than females from the same area. An eagle can see something the size of a rabbit running three miles away. They can fly up to 30 mph but can get up to 100 mph when diving for [...]

3 09, 2020

Black Bear


The black bear is the only species of bear found in Minnesota.  Generally, you will find them in heavily forested areas.  Black bears are 5-7  feet in length and can weigh anywhere from 150-500 pounds. They follow their noses and use their mental maps of the landscape to locate food sources. Because of this, black bears can travel a fair distance each day along a similar route looking for food. Black bears usually try to avoid people, but sometimes come in conflict with humans when they eat crops, destroy apiaries, or break into garbage cans and birdfeeders. Along the North [...]

31 08, 2020

River Otter


The river otter is Minnesota's largest aquatic carnivore that lives in most northern Minnesota lakes, ponds, and streams. It can swim and maneuver better than many fish and swims with only the top of its head out of the water. Otters are playful, often wrestling or spending hours sliding down muddy or snow-packed stream banks. They also play by nudging sticks across the water, and dropping pebbles to the bottom and retrieving them. North American river otters can remain underwater for nearly 4 minutes, swim at speeds approaching  7 mph, dive to depths nearing 20 yards, and travel up to [...]

31 03, 2020

Webcams: Your Connection to Nature


These days, there are more webcams than ever before. These webcams are here to help closen your connection to nature from right at home. Discovering NatureCams Many years ago, I was going to college in New York City and my dad called me because he’d discovered a webcam outside of a camera shop in Times Square. He wanted me to go there, and let him know when, so he could see me waving on the webcam. I tracked down 42nd Street Photo and waved at my dad back in Minnesota. This was the first time I heard of webcams and [...]

4 03, 2020

Bear Rescue

2020-08-28T16:23:31+00:00Animals, Lutsen|

Bears Rescued at Cascade Vacation Rentals The text came in at 7:31 AM. “I just went to the dumpster and both bars were on it and when I opened it the bear was sitting in the dumpster!! Wonder how that is even possible with it being barred shut?!? I ran off with my trash but didn’t put the bars back on or look to see if the bear jumped out.” Bara, a Cascade Vacation Rentals housekeeper, got quite the shock when going to dispose of her garbage in the CVR campus dumpster early Wednesday morning. By 9 am the rest [...]

1 02, 2020

Red Fox


Red foxes live in most of Canada and the United States. They are quite rare in the western U.S. but, they are abundant throughout Minnesota. Typically, red foxes are a reddish color with white underparts and a white-tipped tail. They have slender legs and feet that are often black. The red fox weighs between 8 and 15 pounds and is about 15-16 inches in height with a length of approximately 3ft. The red fox runs 30 mph and can leap 15 feet in a single bound--farther than a kangaroo. It is one of the few predators that store food items [...]

1 01, 2020



Some time ago, caribou were roaming the North Shore but were driven out. These large deer species prefer mature pine forests. So when logging started removing their habitat, they left. Over-hunting and the appearance of the whitetail deer also all took part in the disappearance of caribou in Minnesota. They left behind only pictures and stories of those who had once seen them. How Whitetailed Deer Lead to the Caribou Depopulation When the timber located in northern Minnesota was removed by loggers, young trees appeared. This provided an ideal habitat for whitetail deer. Their population started to soar. Why would [...]

1 01, 2020

Cross Fox


The cross fox has a color that is similar to the red fox, but what sets it apart from the other species is its distinct long dark stripe. The stripe runs down its back, intersecting another stripe to form a cross over the shoulders. If you’ve ever seen one of these fascinating creatures, you are one of the few lucky people to have had that chance. They are much rarer than a standard red fox. Although not as valuable as silver foxes, the coats from cross foxes were often traded among fur traders. The value of the pelt depended largely [...]

1 01, 2020

Canada Lynx


The Canada Lynx is a medium-sized feline known for its ability to stealthily roam the northern Minnesota woods. Their bodies vary in color from shades of brown to beige with dark spots. There are four species of lynx in the world, with two living in Minnesota: the Canada Lynx and the Bobcat. All four species have a white furry chest that grooms down onto the inside of their legs. They have abnormally large padded paws that assist them when walking in the deep snow, similar to a human snowshoe. Standing roughly 19 to 22 inches tall and with an overall [...]

1 01, 2020



The bobcat is the most common wildcat in North America, and lives in the woods on the North Shore! Bobcats are a medium-sized cat that has shades of beige and brown fur, with distinct spotted markings. Also, they have a short bobbed tail, from which it gets its name. The bobcat is usually confused with its bigger cousin, the lynx. However, they are different species of wild cat. The biggest difference between the two animals is their size and a white tip on their short black tail. Approximately 725,000 to 1,020,000 bobcats remain in the wild. About 2,000 of them [...]

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