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Friday, April 19th, 2024

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Friday, April 19th, 2024

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Outdoor Insights: Unprecedented winter weather affecting Minnesota’s fish, wildlife and flora

Scott Roemhildt, DNR southern region director in New Ulm, Minn., taps maples on family property east of Mankato, usually in mid-March. Sap was running from maples on the property last weekend. (Photo courtesy of Scott Roemhildt)

On Sunday, sap dripped from a maple tree onto my vehicle in my driveway. It’s been a weird couple of weeks, and here are a few ways it’s affecting Minnesota fish, wildlife, and flora.
Outdoors scribe Joe Fellegy’s younger brother, Steve, has been tapping maples on the north side of Mille Lacs near Wealthwood for decades. This year, he tapped trees Jan. 31 – 19 days earlier than his previous earliest tapping record of Feb. 18, 1981.

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