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Arb Notes: Saved by the Bellwort

Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) is a native wildflower of Minnesota, with large, yellow, conical, pendant flowers. It gets its common and scientific names from the shape of its flowers, which resemble bells (if you have ever seen a bell before) or uvulas (if you have an overactive imagination or an obsession…

Every Dam Day: My Life as a Beaver

So, this Winter has been pretty rough for me. I built my lodge in Turtle Pond, again. I stashed hundreds of sticks bellow the surface, so that when the water iced over in the winter, I could slide through my lodge into the water below. It was supposed to be…

Grandma’s Restored Prairie Recipe

Ingredients: Seeds from 60-80 species of grass, wildflower, and sedge. Land Instructions: The first step in making a prairie, as with any recipe, is the prep-work; in this case, of the soil. You will want to take your land out of agriculture (because let’s be honest, it’s probably in agriculture)…

Turtle-y awesome

Turtles, nine species of which live in Minnesota, are really neat. Some evidence for turtles’ greatness: they are like “pond coyotes” in that they eat just about anything; all freshwater turtles in Minnesota spend all of the winter underwater (they can survive because they breathe through their butts…“cloacae” if you…

Turtle-y awesome

Turtles, nine species of which live in Minnesota, are really neat. Some evidence for turtles’ greatness: they are like “pond coyotes” in that they eat just about anything; all freshwater turtles in Minnesota spend all of the winter underwater (they can survive because they breathe through their butts…“cloacae” if you…

Mission Im-opossum-ble

One of the most fascinating creatures found within the Cowling Arboretum (as well as a multitude of other places across North America) is the opossum (the “o” is silent). To begin with, opossums are marsupials, which is already pretty awesome. On top of that, an opossum’s gestation period is twelve…

Tree movement

There is much effort going into reforesting the Arboretum here at Carleton, and a couple different methods to achieve the goal of increased woodland. One (very obvious) approach is to simply plant more trees. Every year the incoming students plant many trees in the Arb. However, this is very labor…