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Arb Notes: prairie roots run deep at McKnight Prairie

Rising out of the landscape like tiny islands in a vast sea of corn and soybeans, the hills of McKnight Prairie provide a refuge for rare native prairie plants.  This 33-acre plot of land located eight miles east of campus was purchased by Carleton in 1968 for conservation purposes.  McKnight,…

Carleton Cryptids: the whitened wildlife of the Weitz

Greetings, fellow mystery-seekers of Carleton College. I am Sue Dounim, class of 202X. I am new to this campus—but not to this college. Long have I immersed myself up to the neck in documenting the inexplicable, often paranormal occurrences that occur here as frequently as games of spikeball in spring.…

Arb Notes: spring warbler migration in the Arb

As the weather in southern Minnesota warms and insects begin to emerge, the Arb will soon become host to a stunning group of migratory visitors. These are the wood-warblers, a diverse family of exceptionally colorful, tiny songbirds. Almost 30 species pass through the Arb during spring and fall migration. Some,…

Carleton hoping to win competitive hammocking tournament

This weekend, Carleton will be facing off against St. Olaf at MIACHs (Most Intense And Competitive Hammocking). MIACHs are held yearly on Carleton’s campus at a rotating location in the Arb. This year, they will be held at 45.3876° N, 75.6960° W. Typically, the competition is held on the Sunday…

Crossword: guess the theme!

The Bald Spot presents: a crossword with a mystery theme that will help you once you figure it out we promise but you still might have to use Google because apparently this is harder than we thought oops. ACROSS 3. term for animal with irregular patches of color 7. performers…