Webinar: Timber Harvesting and Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota’s abundant forest ecosystems provide habitat for numerous native wildlife species. These critters in turn provide us opportunity for viewing, harvest, and enjoyment, as well as filling important roles in our forests to keep them healthy.  Thoughtful forest management and harvest improves habitat quality, however the amount of harvest on family-owned land is down […]

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Pileated Woodpecker – Dapper Drummer

An increase in woodpecker calls and drumming will soon mark the advance of spring. One of those noise makers will be the pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus), one of our largest, most dapper forest birds. A native, year-round resident, it’s mostly black with bold white stripes, a triangular flaming red crest, long chisel-like bill, body up to 19 inches long, and […]

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Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) – The Tree Fox

Gray Fox

Cat or Dog?   The gray fox is a member of the dog family, Canidae, like red fox, coyotes and wolves.  But it behaves more like a member of the cat family with its unusual and useful tree climbing skill to escape predators, find safe resting spots and obtain food.  They have been observed 32 feet high!  Extremely sharp, curved, semi-retractable […]

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Elk in Minnesota – A Balanced, Restoration Success

two bull elk from Grygla herd during aerial survey by Marshall Deter MN DNR

It was a perfect fall day near the Canadian border on Caribou Wildlife Management Area. While posting boundary in the golden aspen parklands landscape, suddenly there they were – a cow and calf elk. This encounter was my first with elk and a magnificent moment to recall. These stately, native creatures were once common on our prairies and in our […]

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June 2016 webinar: Importance of managed forests to Minnesota’s forest birds

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, noon – 1:00 p.m. Managed forests provide important breeding habitat for over 100 species of birds in Minnesota. This presentation will discuss the influence of site and landscape factors on forest bird distributions and dynamics in managed forests. The consequences of forest management and timber sale designs will be discussed. Speaker: Alexis Grinde, UMD – Natural […]

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Help create the Minnesota Bee Atlas

We all know how vitally important pollinating insects like bees are to our ecosystem and food chain. But did you know that as a forest landowner in Minnesota there are opportunities to help pollinators thrive? In addition to making important stewardship decisions to help bees on your land, now there is a program for Minnesotans to help researchers track the […]

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Eastern Bluebird: Happiness on Wings

Eastern bluebirds are a symbol of summer happiness and likely one of Minnesotans’ most beloved birds, up there with chickadees and loons. When enjoying a spring or summer day on our hobby farm, I can’t help but pause to take in this small thrush’s sweet, warbling song and brilliant colors. They have been cheerful company on many days of garden, […]

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Feeling the Heat: Helping Our Forests & Creatures Keep Up with Change

In recent months, we couldn’t help but hear about climate change, from Pope Francis to President Obama to world leaders gathered in Paris. What does it mean to our Minnesota forests and their creatures, and most importantly, what can we do about it?   But Climate Has Always Changed Our Earth and forests are ever-changing. So is our climate. The pace […]

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