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Arb Notes: Exciting Arb Trail Cam Find: a Fisher!

Arb Notes: Exciting Arb Trail Cam Find: a Fisher!

Avery Blumenthal September 22, 2022

Humans at Carleton share the Arb with remarkable species. Some of these creatures are abundant and conspicuous, while others are less in number and reclusive. Fishers (Pekania pennanti) are a mammal in...

Avian snow angels

Christian Heuchert March 1, 2019

This past week, a crow in the middle of Bell Field caught my eye as it was picking around at something in the snow. Naturally, I tromped all the way over and found the exciting marks of a crime scene:...

Winter Hexapods: The Amazing Snow Flea

Will Loner February 22, 2019

Now that we are back in the double digits, some of you may be wondering, what is out there moving around the Arb? Mice can be found hopping through the snow and the shrimp are active in Spring Creek,...

Otters in the cannon

Andy Hoyt February 15, 2019

You might not expect to see otters in the Arboretum, but not so long ago they were an important part of southern Minnesota river ecosystems—including our own Cannon river. Throughout the state, populations...

Understanding animal coloration

Callen Inman February 8, 2019

Sometimes animal coloration has an obvious adaptive explanation. Snowshoe hares are white in winter because individuals that blended with the snow were less likely to get eaten than those that didn’t....

The polar vortex put in perspective

Kate Nootenboom February 1, 2019

It’s 4th week for students on campus, and the steady escalation of academic workload is rivaled only by the parallel and seemingly vengeful intensification of winter as temperatures plummet past contemporary...

Turtle-y awesome

Tim Winter-Nelson January 29, 2019

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...

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