A BWCA Glossary


Nabek
A lake. "Male bear" in the Ojibwe language of the region.
Nahimana
A lake. Name derivation unknown.
Nannoplankton
Generally any plankton, usually plants, smaller than 80 µm; many important nannoplankton are only 0.2-2.0 µm long. From the Greek, nanno (nanno), "dwarf, very small."
Nawakwa
A lake. "In the midst of the forest" in the Ojibwe language of the region.
Neesh
A lake in the Moose River drainage. "Lake Two" in the Ojibwe chain of Number Lakes.
Neewin
A lake. "Lake Four" in the Ojibwe chain of Number Lakes.
Newton Falls
A 10' waterfall between Fall and Newton Lakes. Bypassed by an 80 rod portage on the eastern bank.
Nibin
A lake. "Summer" in the Ojibwe language of the region.

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Niswi
A lake. "Lake Three" in the Ojibwe chain of Number Lakes.
Nocturnal
An animal typically active during the nighttime hours.
North Shore
The north shore of Lake Superior, running north and east from Duluth in the south to Grand Portage on the Pigeon River and Canadian border to the north. Much of the geological structure of the area is made up of Keweenawan lava flows and intrusives which create the many waterfalls for which the North Shore is known as well as some spectacular cliffs and headlands. Traversed by US Highway 61.
 
 
Northern
In the vernacular of the North Country, shorthand for the Northern Pike, (Esox lucius), a prized native game fish.
No-see-um
Northwoods vernacular for tiny biting flies.
Norway Trail
An 8 mile hiking and cross-country skiing trail, extending south from the Echo Trail (BWCAW Entry Point 10) to Trout Lake. The last ½ mile is within the BWCAW.
Noyens
Jacques de Noyons, who in 1688, is believed to have been the first white man to travel through what is now the BWCAW.
Nuthatch
Any of several small, tree clinging birds of the genus Sitta. Represented in the North Country by two species, the White Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) and the Red Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), both numbered among the few year round residents.
Nymph
The immature stage of insect species which undergo incomplete metamorphisis (egg, nymph, adult) and do not have a pupal stage. Late instar nymphs may have nonfunctional rudimentary wings and/or genitalia.
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Last Updated on 11 April, 2004