Lake of the Sunset Glow

Loon seeks help and thanks fishermen who saved it

The following is a reprint of an article published in The Timberjay newspaper June 3: Fishermen say loon sought help, offered thanks, by Marshall Helmberger A Lake Vermilion loon that faced a grim death from starvation is now on the mend thanks to the actions of two local fishermen. Jim Anderson and Bruce Erickson had been… Read more »

Temporary road/trail closures for spring

The DNR will be temporarily closing some state forest roads and trails due to wet, soft road conditions.  These will begin within the next couple of weeks.  Generally, all roads and trails within a particular forest will be closed, but not always.  Signs are posted at entry points and at parking lots. Road and trail… Read more »

Follow up – where is Harley the eagle now?

This story was recently published in the Duluth News Tribune, written by John Myers: Harley the eagle first made news by getting a ride on the back of a motorcycle, but raptor experts now say he’s making news under his own wing power. The male bald eagle left his summer home on western Lake Vermilion… Read more »

Harley the motorcycle riding bald eagle spends part of his summers on Lake Vermilion

Courtesy Duluth News Tribune, Author John Myers Harley the motorcycle-riding bald eagle has flown north to the western bays of Lake Vermilion after spending part of his summer along the St. Louis River and in the Sax-Zim bog area. Harley — sans motorcycle — had spent much of the spring along the South Fork of… Read more »

New for 2010 – Programs at Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 25 miles north from Cook.  It is operated by the American Bear Association and has been described as the best place to see wild black bears in their natural habitat. From their expanded viewing deck visitors can learn about black bears by observing their natural behavior. This year the VSWS has added… Read more »

Christmas Bird Count

On January 2, 55 birders counted birds in the Cook area for a 24 hour period. The count was done by car, walking or watching yards and feeders.  Weather for the day started with a temperature of -33°F.  Here are the numbers: Ruffed Grouse, 12 Spruce Grouse, 2 Bald Eagle, 3 Rock Dove, 130 Northern… Read more »

Another wildlife encounter

Once again on the drive to the Resort Association office along County Road 115, I was priviledged to see some wildlife up close.  Not one, but 2 bald eagles were feeding on something  just off the shoulder of the road.  As my car approached, they took flight – a spectacular sight from my vantage point… Read more »

A shared encounter

On the drive between Tower and Cook  this morning on County Road 115, which runs along the south shore of Lake Vermilion, I was stopped by a timber wolf crossing the road.  I was thinking about work and not paying much attention to my surroundings when the truck about a quarter mile in front of me… Read more »

Help protect Lake Vermilion from Invasive Species

The recent news about finding the spiny waterflea in Lake Mille Lacs reminds us how vulnerable our waterways are to the threat of invasive species. Here are links to several resources: News release on spiny waterfleas in Mille Lac Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion on preventing introduction of invasive species Protect Your Waters website In May… Read more »

Lake Vermilion Loon Count

Each year the Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion (SCLV) sponsors a loon count on the lake.  This year’s counting is set for Monday, July 15.  The following is an excerpt from the SCLV’s website: Lake Vermilion has always been known for its large population of loons. To lake residents and frequent visitors, the loon has been… Read more »

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