11K Sandhill Cranes Gather In Minn. Before MigrationEveryone knows birds head south for the winter. But did you know there are thousands of sandhill cranes passing through Minnesota right now? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says more than 11,000 of the majestic birds are staging for migration.
Minnesota's Snowy Owl Influx May Not Be A Good SignWe are seeing an eruption of snowy owls in Minnesota. The birds spend most of their time in the Arctic and Northern Canada. But about once a decade, when their food source gets low, they fly south to northern Minnesota.
Bald Eagles Migrating Back To Minnesota As Waters Open UpBald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota, and the Department of Natural Resources says they may be seen in large numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks. A DNR official says eagles typically come through the area in mid-to-late March, as waters begin to open up and the snow melts.
Scientists: 2 Mainland Wolves Made Jaunt To Isle Royale ParkTwo gray wolves recently traversed the frozen Lake Superior surface from Canada to Isle Royale National Park, scientists said Tuesday, but the animals stayed only five days — dashing hopes that ice bridges would induce migrants from the mainland to replenish the island's lagging wolf population.
Reality Check: Minnesota's Evolving Rural ProfileSince 1960, it's been an unstoppable population shift, and a new study from the Center for Rural Policy and Development shows a 50-year migration from rural Minnesota to the urban corridor stretching from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities and Rochester.
Drought Diminishing Monarch Butterflies Minnesota is getting drier. Nearly 63 percent of the state is now rated as abnormally dry or in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought monitor.
Starvation Forces Snowy Owls Into MinnesotaIt's one of those rare treats of Mother Nature. A bird seldom seen south of the Canadian border is becoming a common sight among many this winter, as Minnesotans come face to face with the snowy owl.
1-Legged Duck Returns To Stomping Grounds For 4th YearA couple from St. Anna looks forward to the return of a special duck and her mate each spring at their lakeside home.
Like 'Snowbirds', These Loons have GPSLike other "snowbirds" these Minnesota residents are using GPS as they travel south for the winter. But what's different about these migrants is that they're the real thing -- Minnesota's state bird, in fact.