Summertime heat is what many of us dream about when we’re clutching our cup of hot coffee on a January morning. Now, a lot of us have a new dream…. cooling off.
There are an estimated 46 million birdwatchers in the United States and more than 700 species of migratory birds, according to a 2007 US Fish and Wildlife Service report. Recent estimates from a Birding in the United Statesstudy indicate that as high as 84% of non-consumptive recreation users are birders.
Rollie Johnson Natural and Recreational Area / Big Island on the Whitefish Chain: A rare surviving example of an undisturbed old-growth maple-basswood forest. Trees 150 years old tower up to 100 feet above the forest floor, sheltering a rich assortment of flowering plants unusual this far north in Minnesota. The butternut tree found here is the northwesterly-most record for this species.
Nearly 100 resources and points of interest have been identified along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route. Some of the spots are well known such as the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area or the Crosslake Historic Log Village. Others are not as commonly recognized.
Each of the quarterly issues of Inkslinger will highlight one of these lesser known Byway points of interest.
There are the stunning snow-laden pines and soft undulating landscapes draped in hues of blue and white The winter complexion of the Byway shines with a peaceful, almost magical beauty.