Bald 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.
Two 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.
Since 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.
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.
It’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.
A couple from St. Anna looks forward to the return of a special duck and her mate each spring at their lakeside home.
Like 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.