North Lakeland Discovery Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many people outdoors.

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is connecting some of those people with nature through socially distanced and virtual programming. 

Listen to the full interview with director John Heusinkveld to learn about the center's upcoming summer programming and building renovations.

Videos produced by the North Lakeland Discovery Center can be found on their website:

Joe Giersch, USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Walking from my truck into work last week, I noticed a frail looking insect flitting along the surface of the snow on the trail in front of me. On closer inspection, it was a stonefly. Stoneflies are small insects that live most of their lives in streams and rivers, emerging only to complete their reproductive life cycle. Like stone flies, many aquatic insects, including many flies, mosquitos, dragon flies and damselflies have a life cycle that is partly in water and partly above water. But, most of these species emerge and take flight in spring and early summer.

Each year monarch butterflies float through Northern Wisconsin on their way to Canada or Mexico, but the number of migrating monarchs is shrinking as the butterfly’s habitat gradually disappears.

The population of monarch butterflies has gone down so much that the insect now meets all the criteria to be listed as a threatened and endangered species.

However, so many animals meet those criteria, that the monarch butterfly didn’t make the official list.

Curious North: How Do Fish Survive The Winter?

Feb 14, 2020
Stephanie Kuski


Last summer, WXPR embarked on their Curious North Road Trip to the public library in Manitowish Waters, where Graham Brown, an Australian man with many questions about life up here in the Northwoods, posed a Curious North question.

Brown asked how fish survive the cold winters trapped beneath our vast frozen lakes.