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Spring Warbler migration

Spring Warbler migration

Sydney Marie Jones May 19, 2022

Northfield is in full color: blue phlox and false-rue anemone are in bloom, the wild plums are on display and hundreds of brightly-colored tropical birds are finding a temporary home in the Cowling Arboretum.  Warblers...

Arb Notes: Mammal Hibernation in the Arboretum

Arb Notes: Mammal Hibernation in the Arboretum

Sydney Marie Jones February 25, 2022

On February 2,  Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in a sunny Pennsylvania town. His prediction: six more weeks of cold fronts and snow flurries. Three weeks later and a thousand miles from...

Kettle Hole Marsh: 10,000 years in the making

Sydney Marie Jones March 6, 2021

Carleton’s Kettle Hole Marsh sits alongside a trail through the prairie in the Lower Arboretum. The marsh, now covered in ice and cattails, is about 10,000 years in the making. Its story begins...

Arb notes: the role of conservation in the climate crisis

Sydney Marie Jones February 6, 2021

Earlier this month, the Minnesota chapter of the Nature Conservancy released a report on the state of the climate crisis in Minnesota. While the data are startling—in fifty years, Minnesota summers...

Arb Notes: how do turtles survive the winter?

Arb Notes: how do turtles survive the winter?

Sydney Marie Jones November 6, 2020

By now, the tamaracks have turned a bright orange and the yellow-rumped warblers have flown south. With a 5:00 pm sunset and snow in the forecast, the Arboretum is on the brink of winter. As snakes and...

Arb Notes: the underwater Arb — ditching lead tackle

Sydney Marie Jones October 24, 2020

With over a million licensed anglers and 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is a playground for fishermen of all backgrounds. From the elusive muskellunge and walleye to the familiar bluegill, Carleton’s Arboretum...

A spring chorus: Frogs of the Arboretum

A spring chorus: Frogs of the Arboretum

Sydney Marie Jones May 15, 2020

If you wander by the ponds in the Arboretum in early evening or after a rain, you may hear what resembles a chorus of fine-tooth combs. This is the call of the western chorus frog (Pseudacris maculate),...

Wide open spaces: Buckthorn removal near Kettle Hole Marsh

Sydney Marie Jones February 28, 2020

Along the northeastern edge of Kettle Hole Marsh sits half of a forest. An overstory of red oaks andboxelders towers above a messy tangle of stumps and bare ground. The area feels gutted, the space where...

In a rut: signs of white-tailed Deer mating season

Sydney Marie Jones November 7, 2019

It is mid-autumn in the arboretum: many trees are bare, a few hearty bird species remain, and white-tailed deer mating season is in full swing. Referred to as the “rut,” white-tailed deer mating...

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