Wood Duck – Waterfowl “Eye Candy”

The wood duck (Aix sponsa), or “woodie”, is our most exquisitely-colored waterfowl species in Minnesota. The lustrous chestnut and green, and elaborate patterns of the male, distinctive white tear-drop eye patch and white-speckled breast of the female, plus both sexes’ crested heads and long tails, make them “eye candy” to the observer. In flight, this dabbling duck can be recognized […]

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Webinar: Changes to the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act

Tuesday, January 16 from noon to 1:00pm As a Minnesota woodland owner, you may qualify for an incentive program called the Sustainable Forest Incentives Act (SFIA). The program pays you a set dollar amount per acre annually on eligible lands for practicing good forest stewardship and agreeing not to develop your land for a specified period of time. There were […]

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MN Forest Resources Council survey request

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council has opened a survey on forest resources research priorities in Minnesota. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and will be open until January 12, 2018. The survey is being conducted by the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) as charged under the Sustainable Forest Resources Act (M.S. §89A) which requires identification of priority forest […]

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North American River Otter: Harbinger of Clean Water & Healthy Habitat

The North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) is one of Minnesota’s most playful, clever creatures. This large, aquatic member of the weasel family inhabits most of North America north of Mexico, including our state’s lakes, ponds and streams. I was alerted to their spirited zest for life by once encountering them shooting through the rushing water of a culvert for […]

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Webinar: Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species

Tuesday, December 19 from noon to 1:00pm As a result of infestation from invasive species,tremendous numbers of infested trees are being killed and removed each year for control and ultimate eradication of the pests. This webinar will provide key information for land management professionals, arborists, utilization specialists, and other natural resource professionals who are at the forefront of dealing with […]

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Webinar: Even the Healthiest Trees Harbor Fungi that will Eventually Kill Them

Tuesday, November 21 from noon to 1:00pm Even the healthiest trees harbor fungi and other microorganisms, including both pathogens (which weaken and kill organisms) and saprotrophs (which consume dead tissues).  In the era of DNA-based assessments, we are now learning that the diversity of these organisms in trees can be staggering. What we do not yet know, however, is how […]

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Avoid a Holiday Invasion!

Orange is okay, but give a yell for yellow! Native vine American bittersweet has orange seed capsules surrounding red berries in terminal clusters. Noxious invasive Oriental bittersweet has yellow seed capsules on berries along the length of the stem. Images: American bittersweet (LEFT) by Brett Whaley is licensed under CC BY-NC; Oriental bittersweet (RIGHT) by Esteve Conway is licensed under CC BY.   […]

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