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What’s all the twittering about? Songbirds in the Arb

As spring rolls in with slushy sidewalks, dripping rooftops, and blue skies, birds begin to sing again. But, what do their chirps, tweets, and twitters really mean? First of all, not all bird sounds are created equal. Only one suborder of birds, Passeri, known more commonly as songbirds, can actually…

Prairie in a corn maze

Head 15 minutes out of Northfield in any direction and you’ll find sprouting cornfields stretching to the horizon like a woven blanket. The United States grows 40% of the world’s corn. Over half of that crop is produced in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, and Minnesota, which are part of the Midwestern…

Hawks and Raptors: A Winter Migration

In recent weeks, Minnesota temperatures have dropped into the thirties, forcing Carleton students to unpack their fleece coats and sending raptors (think hawks, not Jurassic Park) on their annual migration southward. Raptor migration patterns are dictated by topography and the presence of bodies of water. In order to conserve energy,…