12 10, 2022

Hedlund Husky Puppies

2022-10-13T14:29:59+00:00Activities & Attractions, Animals, Hovland/Grand Portage|

We brought you on an adventure in the BWCA with Points Unknown a few months ago. While there, we met Siri, a pregnant Hedlund Husky dog who was due to give birth at the end of July. Right on schedule, on July 30th, Siri had five beautiful Hedlund Husky puppies. During our initial visit with Linda, the owner of Points Unknown, we learned a little bit about this unique breed of dog that had almost gone extinct. We decided to go back after the puppies were born to meet them and learn more about Hedlund Huskies and Linda's breeding [...]

27 05, 2021

Once and Future Art Installation

2021-05-27T13:55:16+00:00Activities & Attractions, Animals, Grand Marais|

If you have visited, or are planning to visit, Grand Marais in the next year you may notice that caribou have returned to the city limits in the form of an art installation called "Once and Future". The "Once and Future" Art Installation "Once and Future" is a 3-part art installation created by artist Corrie Steckelberg. According to her website:  “Once and Future” is a large scale public artwork that contemplates the realities of an ongoing mass extinction and climate change, while still holding home for the possibility of growth and rebirth. Caribou once lived in the Lake superior basin [...]

11 02, 2021

Red Fox


We here at CVR have had quite a few interactions with the local red fox that call the area home. First, two pairs of foxes had babies right outside of our Lutsen offices back in 2019. The curious group of pups entertained staff and visitors alike with their adorable antics the entire summer. We've also spotted red foxes around homes, including the time our maintenance man, Marc, spotted this adorable red fox snoozing away on the steps of Blue House in Lutsen. However, you don't have to be in Lutsen to see them! The red fox population along the North [...]

30 09, 2020

Pine Marten


The American (or pine) marten is a predator species that belong to the weasel family. Before the late 1800s, the marten was common in northern Minnesota. Because of logging, most of its wooded habitat was lost and by 1920 pine martens had almost disappeared from Minnesota. The full recovery of the population by 1990 is a DNR management success story. Habitat Pine martens were once thought to live only in old conifer (evergreen) forests. But now biologists have learned that martens now live in all of northern Minnesota in both deciduous (leafy) and conifer forests. Adult martens live in an [...]

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

2022-09-14T19:37:27+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 [...]

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 [...]

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