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Fair Weather Possum

While the student naturalists were walking in the Arb recently, we found ourselves on the edge of the Cannon River. We had been looking for tracks, but had yet to find anything very interesting. Spying many trails weaving over the fro- zen surface of the river, we went down closer…

Arb Notes

The Mystery of the Marschner Map The Carleton College Arboretum, located on the border of two distinct prairie and forest habitats, works to accomplish many conservation efforts, such as ecological restoration. However, how do we know what vegetation originally existed in the Arboretum prior to the beginning of its development…

Arb Notes

If you have wandered around campus lately and happened to look up from your smartphone, you may have noticed that there are massive green and brown things located everywhere. These are called trees, and we have many different species of them here on campus. While I could write a thesis…

Arb Notes

The Arb will be acquiring some sizable new residents.  No, it’s not buffalo. Rather, some magnificent samples of local geology will soon be residing on the crest of prairie in the Lower Arb.  These rocks represent the second phase of the Marc Von Trapp memorial.  Visitors to the lower Arb…

Arb Notes

­­It’s spring!  All those beautiful spring flowers are poking up through the earth to quench our worries that winter would never end.  You probably have an image that instantly popped into your head.  Does it include those blue-purple flowers that carpet Carleton’s campus each April? This small, very early blooming…

Arb Notes

April in Minnesota brings an entire set of new sounds—the rumbling of the first thunderstorms of the year, the whir of a passing frisbee, the chorus of birds celebrating the end of a long winter. But there is a particular spring sound that many Carls fail to notice, or at…

Arb Notes

People, trimesters, dragonflies, and blue jays fly by quickly at Carleton.  This place runs at a brisk pace, and many students don’t take time to befriend the dragonflies and the blue jays.  They are missing out.  But the good news is that we all still have time to savor one…

Arb Notes

When it comes to fauna in the Arboretum, we usually pay most attention to the bigger, brighter, or at least interesting sounding residents. While grazing deer, cacophonous frogs and flittering birds of all varieties are integral parts of our experience of the Arb none of them can help solve crimes.…

Arb Notes

The Arb that we know and appreciate as joggers, skiers, wildlife watchers, or recreationalists of another sort is changing. Natural succession and helpful management by Arb staff will greatly alter the appearance of the landscapes that we have become familiar with. Don’t worry though, by the end of spring term,…

Arb Notes

The month of February, along with bringing fresh coats of snow, midterm break, and Valentine’s Day, also brings about Carleton’s Green Wars here on campus. While the month-long Green Wars encourages students to become more aware of their energy consumption and waste production and to incorporate sustainability into their lives,…