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Arb Notes: The streets are empty, but not the arb

Sunlight, chirping birds, the greening earth and the new spring air. The outside suddenly seemsparticularly delicious when we lose the freedom to it. Fortunately, the Arb is still providing thelocals and remaining students with a safe and convenient access to enjoy the delightful (well,most of the time) Minnesota spring. And…

Otters are Back: Finally Confirmed by a Photograph

We’ve long been anticipating the reappearance of river otters (Lontra canadensis) in our Arboretum. Historically, unregulated hunting and habitat loss had driven river otters to local extinction in southern Minnesota. The population has been gradually recovering southwards by itself and also through reintroduction by the Department of Natural Resources. Over…

Human efforts beneath the natural look

Before the snow starts to cover the ground, why don’t we go take a walk in this late fall, enjoying the fall leaves and golden prairie? While you are walking on the trails and taking in the nature, consider that much of the “natural” landscape in our Arb is actually…