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Owls are horrifying

Did you know that the Arboretum is home to a variety of species of owls? Although not year round residents, the Eastern Screech, Great Horned, Barred, Long-eared, Short- eared, and Northern Saw-whet owls have all been sighted in our very own Arboretum. Of these, the two that regularly nest in…

Hoping for Spring

Mark your calendars… The first day of spring is almost here! This year, the spring equinox will fall on March 20th, and while Carleton students will be away for spring break, the Arboretum will still be here changing into its full springtime glory. The first flower that you should expect…

Arb Notes

Hi everyone and welcome back to Carleton! If you have not already done so this school year, you should explore the Arboretum right about now. With 800 acres of prairie, oak savanna, forest, and wetlands, an abundance of interesting plants and animals, and a wave of warm fall weather, there…

ArbNotes: “Chicken of the Forest” and Other Fall Delicacies

“Plum and custard wood trich,” “Shimeji Funnel Cap,” ”Cinnabar Chantarelle,” “Rosy Gomph”: what species to do these names refer to? That’s right: these are all mushrooms that thrive in northern woodlands like the Arb. (I asked a friend late last night what her favorite mushroom was, and she answered “Chicken…