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Bigfoot in the Arb

A diligent reader of the weekly Arb Notes, Cassandra was intrigued by the recent reports of opossum and fox tracks. Recently, however, there had been rumors of a creature far more sinister, and Cassandra was determined to get to the truth. Armed with a ruler, an expert tracker’s best tool,…

A Distressing Fence? Don’t Panic!

During a meditative stroll, an unsuspecting Arb appreciator might suddenly exclaim in shocked distress, “AH! What’s going on in the lower arboretum now?!” A large fence of sinister proportions looms feet above the head of the mere mortal onlooker, who is now frozen in place, jaw locked in a silent…

Arb Notes: Cows Put the Bite on Invasives

A slightly less renowned Northfield fact is that it is also home to a large bovine population. Why should we be so proud of Northfield’s tremendous bovinity? It turns out that cows might provide myriad ecological benefits to native tallgrass prairies – one of the most fragmented and least protected…

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Spring flowers are just around the corner – according to the groundhog! Come March, a blast of white will once again ‘spring’ up from the ground all over the Arb. A white that is delicate, fragrant, and seductive (if you happen to be a pollinator). The majority of spring flowers…

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What do leaves have to do with the seasons? Most people mark the coming of winter by the trees becomingbare and leaves littering the ground. The trees themselves, however, begin their winter preparations long before we do. eciduous trees, those that shed their leaves, begin to undergo physiological changes as…