The Future of Wolves on Isle Royale

Alpha Male, photo by Rolf Peterson/Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale The National Park Service has opened a formal public comment period that will close on August 29, 2015 regarding future management options for wolves in Isle Royale National Park. The wolf population has plummeted because of a lack of gene flow from the mainland and park management…

Wolves almost gone from Isle Royale

The Urge, photo by isleroyalewolf.org Last weekend the Freep reported that the delicate biosphere that characterized Isle Royale National Park is about to fall apart. The wolf count is down from nine last year to only three, and Michigan Tech ecologist John Vucetich says he wouldn’t be surprised if none remain next winter. “What’s really important here is not the…

Zodiacal Light on Isle Royale

Zodiacal Light on Isle Royale, photo by Shawn Stockman Lightseeker/Lake Superior Photo The Earth Science Picture of the Day is pretty much my favorite photo blog. Regarding the Zodiacal Light, Rudi Dobesberger and blog curator Jim Foster wrote: Zodiacal light is now thought to be caused by dust particles scattering sunlight in the orbits of comets. In…

Winter Study: Observing Wolves & Moose on Isle Royale

Isabelle being chased by her assailant, photo by isleroyalewolf.org A couple of weeks ago a reader sent me a link isleroyalewolf.org. The website documents the interactions of the island’s wolf & moose population as their decades long dance unfolds on this remote, wilderness island. Their overview explains: Isle Royale has offered many discoveries… how wolves affect…

Moon Shadow Self Portrait on Isle Royale

Moon Shadow Self Portrait, photo by yooper1949. We’ll stay outside and under the stars with this photo taken across from Pickerel Cove Campground in Isle Royale National Park. Carl writes that he was trying to photograph the bright stars filling the sky while keeping his shadow out of the shot. He finally decided to go…

Hiking Isle Royale: Trails, Wolves and Minong Mine

Minong Mine, photo by nasunto. Nina went to Isle Royale in September and has been posting accounts on her awesome blog Black Coffee at Sunrise. This photo of Minong Mine appears in Day Five, which features a detailed description of their encounter with a pack of wolves: Since the vegetation along the narrow trail was…

Mt. Franklin view, Greenstone Ridge on Isle Royale

Mt. Franklin view, photo by yooper1949. Mount Franklin was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. It’s along the Greenstone Ridge, about which Summit Post says: The Greenstone Ridge forms the geologic backbone of one of America’s least visited National Parks…Isle Royale … The island is composed of a series of ridges that run the length…

Rain on My Sunset at Isle Royale

Rain on My Sunset, photo by yooper1949. Take a trip to Isle Royale National Park with yooper1949 (slideshow) and be sure to check this beauty out bigger. Isle Royale National Park is one of our state’s true treasures. You can see more photos from this beautiful Michigan island in the Isle Royale National park group.…

The Islands of Isle Royale

Little Dean Is., photo by yooper1949 Wikipedia lists islands in Isle Royale National Park (but not this one): Amygdaloid Island – has a ranger station Barnum Island Beaver Island – has a campground Belle Isle – a small island just off the north shore of Isle Royale at the head of Belle Harbor. It is…