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Overwintering in the Arb

Snow on the ground in the past week sends a clear and cold signal to the residents of Northfield: winter is fast approaching. Boots are retrieved from closet corners, shovels extricated from the garage, thin socks switched out for the woolen thick as we feel the sting of air temperature…

The polar vortex put in perspective

It’s 4th week for students on campus, and the steady escalation of academic workload is rivaled only by the parallel and seemingly vengeful intensification of winter as temperatures plummet past contemporary Antarctic standards. As students and staff prepare fortifications against the impending freeze, so, too, is the Arboretum. As you…

Thanksgiving marks the start of the deer hunt

Thanksgiving is around the corner and, for Carleton students, this means impending finals, more days studying indoors and an ever-shrinking window of opportunity to explore the autumnal arboretum before we are scattered to the winds of winter break. For wildlife in the Arb, the imminence of Thanksgiving holds an entirely…

Cardinals and Cartotenoids

It is autumn in the Arb, and the cardinals here are perfectly suited to the seasonal shift in color scheme. Amid the oranges and reds and harvest hues of October in the Midwest, they can be easy to miss; another flash of scarlet between branches of brilliantly pigmented maple leaves.…