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by treeplanter
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Wolf update
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Wolf update

From the Isle Royale Facebook page. April 19th: "P is for Possible Pairs? As the resource management team has been tracking the new wolves, it's been interesting to see where they go, and with whom. We can't be certain of anything yet, but here is what we know. The Michipicoten alpha male 009, relea...
by treeplanter
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: What to expect in late Aug-early Sept.
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: What to expect in late Aug-early Sept.

Very little I can add from what others have said. Labor Day, and shortly after, are my favorite times to visit the Island. Virtually no bugs and minimal people. No difficulty in finding a shelter. Temperatures are still mostly summer-like. Maybe the warmest water of the season, if you like to swim. ...
by treeplanter
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Wolf update
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Wolf update

.....I had also read that news about the provisioned moose carcasses, but I thought that was a short term effort, just to get a good and easy meal or two after recovering from the anesthesia and transport. I had read there was some real concern regarding new packs' or individuals' ability to shift ...
by treeplanter
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Wolf update
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Wolf update

Midwest Ed wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:18 am
......I am wondering what these new wolves are eating. No mention yet.
I read this elsewhere (NPS news release?). The newly released wolves were eating "provisioned" food (which I gather were dead moose supplied by the NPS), and moose that died of natural causes.
by treeplanter
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Island Thaw?
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Island Thaw?

The moose/wolf researchers record weather information when they're on the Island. You can see what snowfall they record in their annual reports. Most "lake effect" comes from the NW. The amount of fetch, distance air flows across water, is important. Isle Royale is too close to the mainland Ontario ...
by treeplanter
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Late August plan
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Late August plan

.......- Daisy Farm to McCargoe Cove (looking for a sunset)............ Regarding a sunset at McCargoe Cove, no sunset at the campground itself, it's facing the wrong direction. But, if you walk west down the Minong Trail, maybe 1/4 from the campground, you'll come across a rock bluff that is immed...
by treeplanter
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Bushwhacking Moskey to Mt. Saginaw
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Bushwhacking Moskey to Mt. Saginaw

I know you're not going to camp, but there are regulations for cross-country camping. Maybe helpful to review these:

https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/ ... amping.htm
by treeplanter
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Bushwhacking Moskey to Mt. Saginaw
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Bushwhacking Moskey to Mt. Saginaw

The vegetation map is good, but be aware that it shows overstory, not understory. All that balsam fir understory won't show on that map. But you can assume that if you find a aspen/birch overstory, it will have a balsam fir understory. As for hiking the shoreline bordering Moskey basin, back in 2016...
by treeplanter
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Bushwhacking Moskey to Mt. Saginaw
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: Bushwhacking Moskey to Mt. Saginaw

We tried to bushwhack from the Moskey area to Saginaw Point, many years back. The forest in the area of Moskey Basin area is mainly a white birch/aspen overstory with a thick sapling-sized balsam fir understory. The balsam was so thick we hiked about twenty feet and quit. There was no way we were go...
by treeplanter
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: 4 Canadian Wolves released
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: 4 Canadian Wolves released

This is an excellent article, with much more detail on the capture and release than in the original NPS press release.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder- ... UzmOJeyIA0
by treeplanter
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: 4 Canadian Wolves released
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: 4 Canadian Wolves released

Nice. Overall, there's now a nice mix of males and females wolves on the island. Hope a few find each other and fall in love.

I also hope the new wolves stay put, and not cross the current ice bridge back to Ontario.
by treeplanter
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Circumnavigate Kayak Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 726

Re: Circumnavigate Kayak Questions

Weather forecasts are very helpful. I always carry a marine radio and monitor it daily. Whether or not I paddle on a given day is based mostly on the forecast. As for Lake Michigan vs. Lake Superior, both can be bad in windy conditions. I’ve seen eight foot+ waves on both Lakes. I live about an hour...
by treeplanter
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Circumnavigate Kayak Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 726

Re: Circumnavigate Kayak Questions

Good stuff here. To add a few more comments. In my younger days, I probably paddled about 2/3rd’s around Isle Royale (not all a once, but over several years). Yes, you can solo paddle around the Island. I met a guy back in 1990 who did just that. Some tips. Pick a good kayak and learn it. I used (an...
by treeplanter
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: 2019 Ice thickness
Replies: 7
Views: 576

Re: 2019 Ice thickness

Reminds me of 2013/2014. We're talking some serious ice.
by treeplanter
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: MN wolf leaves IR
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: MN wolf leaves IR

We shouldn't be surprised.

At least we know there is an ice bridge between the mainland and the Island.