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Relationships in Nature at Long Lake: A Conversation with Dave McMillan

A doe and her fawn visiting a fallen family member
Long Lake Conservation Center
A doe and her fawn visiting a fallen family member

This week, Morning Show hosts Heidi and John chatted with Dave McMillan, manager of the Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade. Dave tells the touching story of a doe and her two fawns. One fawn was struck and killed on a road, and Dave dragged it into the woods and set up a trail camera by the body. He expected to see a variety of predators, which he did: an unexpected discovery, however, was that the fawn's mother and sibling came back to visit the body every day. It's a touching story, and well worth a listen: they also discuss Long Lake's mission, the value of sitting quietly in the woods, and how time in nature can be a life-changing experience! Please enjoy, and you can visit Long Lake's website here.

As a mail carrier in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., for 35 years, John Latimer put his own stamp on a career that delivered more than letters. Indeed, while driving the hundred-mile round-trip daily route, he passed the time by observing and recording seasonal changes in nature, learning everything he could about the area’s weather, plants and animals, and becoming the go-to guy who could answer customers’ questions about what they were seeing in the environment.
Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.
Charlie Mitchell (she/they) joined the KAXE team in February of 2022. Charlie creates the Season Watch Newsletter, writes segment summaries for the website, and coordinates our Engaging Minnesotans with Phenology project. With a background in wildlife biology, she enjoys learning a little bit about everything, whether it's plants, mushrooms, aquatic invertebrates, or the short-tailed shrew (did you know they can echolocate?).