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Prairie Fire in the Arboretum

Gerrit Hoving, Cole Student Naturalist May 5, 2023

Spring has arrived, and the Arboretum is starting to flower and leaf out. But spring has also brought a couple of non-traditional signs to the Arboretum. Burned patches of ground, plumes of smoke —...

Dawson’s Divinations: Week of 5/5

Dawson Eriksen, Columnist May 5, 2023

With winter’s winds washed away, the greatest blossoms of spring can grow. In the roots of the permafrost, the beauty of the sun’s warmth can finally be felt. Spring festivities are upon us, and Spring...

Dawson’s Divinations: Week of 4/21

Dawson Eriksen, Columnist April 21, 2023

As the academic year pushes to its close, astral energies are taking a particular interest in perception and intuition for many signs. The world will be clearer, sharper and more assaulting for some, but...

Arb Notes: Woodcock Funk

Kestrel Liu, Contributor April 21, 2023

With a funky tune in the background, a plump, long-beaked brown bird treads daintily, bobbing its body back and forth while keeping its head perfectly stable and keeping up with the beat. You might have...

Arb notes: The spring and squirrels

Arb notes: The spring and squirrels

Amelia Leonard April 20, 2023

With what may be the last of the snow, southern Minnesota has seen a flurry of activity amongst its many feathered and furry creatures. Hibernators have risen from their dens and nests; migrators touch...

Call of the void

Phoebe Ward April 20, 2023

Trees in jeopardy

Ella Daniels-Koch April 13, 2023

The city of Northfield recently published a press release confirming that emerald ash borers have started to infest Northfield ash trees (see This is bad news for the campus arboretum,...

Arb Notes: The Heavy Preserver

Jose Ortega April 6, 2023

The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) is the heaviest-flying native bird in North America and has an average wingspan of 185 to 250 centimeters. Due to their size, they require around a 100-yard runway...

What’s under the ice?

Cassie Cunniff March 2, 2023

For the majority of the long, frigid, Minnesota winter, Lyman Lakes and the Cannon River freeze over, and layers of snow cover the frozen lake. As a result, it may seem like the lakes are dormant and...

Arb Notes: Colloquial Names

Kestrel Liu February 23, 2023

Flip through an older bird guide and you might find yourself at a loss, even if you are well-versed in birding. “A Pigeon Hawk? What is that?” You would know that it’s probably a bird of prey —...

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