Northern Minnesota phenology for December 2013: Rabbits and hares

In my neighborhood there are two distinct versions of what are generically called “rabbits”. Actually they are two separate families of the order Leporidae. Commonly referred to as rabbits and hares they share many characteristics, long, fur covered hind feet, long ears that are always longer than they are wide, and a short fluffy tail. In Minnesota we have the […]

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Northern Minnesota phenology: Orb weaver spider

By John Latimer Have you ever walked out on a cool summer morning and found yourself dazzled by the dew sparkled web of an orb weaver spider? Stand and marvel at its beauty and complexity while thinking how on earth does something with a brain the size of a pinpoint create such an astonishing trap? Coupled with the fact that […]

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Tick-borne diseases in Minnesota

June 2013 update:  In April 2013, the UMN Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative hosted a webinar presentation by Tom Grier, microbiologist and Duluth Lyme Support Group coordinator, with updated information on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in Minnesota.  A description and link to the recording are below. Description: Since 1975, when Lyme disease was first described in the medical literature, it […]

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Northern Minnesota phenology: Bunchberry

By John Latimer You may not be aware of it but we have a world champion flower in our forests, and the late days of May bring it into bloom. If the scientists are correct, and further research doesn’t knock the bunchberry from its exalted position, then it will remain as the fastest flower on earth. About now you’re probably […]

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Northern Minnesota phenology: Speckled alder

By John Latimer As March stumbles then gives way to April our senses come to full alert for signs of spring. By now we have noted many of the early returning birds and spotted a few of the hibernators poking their noses out for a sniff of spring. What we’re craving though, are the greens of newly emergent vegetation. A […]

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