Northern Minnesota phenology report: November 2011

Snow buntings spend the summer in the far north, well above the Arctic Circle. They make their nests out beyond most human settlements where the musk ox and arctic fox live. With no trees about, they nest on the ground. The nest is made of grasses and moss tightly woven into a deep cup that is lined with feathers. As […]

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Winter Habitat for Pheasants

Establishing good winter habitat for pheasants is often neglected until there is a devastating winter blizzard or ice storm, when it is too late to help the pheasant population.  When spring weather melts the snow drifts and landscapes become green, it is easy to again forget to make appropriate winter habitat available for pheasants to survive the next winter. Plan now […]

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Northern Minnesota phenology report: January 2010

There is a progression of fruit eaten by birds as they move through the upper midwest. We are all aware of the summer fruits, the ones we enjoy, those that ripen and spoil within a few days. Think of strawberries, juneberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries among others, these are all quite palatable and for the most part familiar to our palates. […]

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Northern Minnesota phenology report: November 2009

By John Latimer, KAXE Radio, Grand Rapids The last of the meadowhawk dragonflies will put in an appearance in early November. These small, bright red, insects are among the last to fly about in the fall. A warm day or two in the early part of the month will send them out in a last and probably fruitless search for […]

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Nontimber Forest Products: Character wood

Long winter months offer prime time opportunities for exploring forests.

Frozen soil conditions allow access to some of the more intriguing, ‘off the beaten path’ places in the woods. It’s a great time to visit bogs & swamps, swales, and islands that may seem out of reach during much of the year. Winter excursions can be memorable and invigorating, but most of all it will inspire greater appreciation of forests.

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Winter Damage to Trees and Shrubs: Good sources of info

It’s not just the cold!  Trees also have to survive salt, ice, de-icers, hungry wildlife, and more.  Here are a few good pubs on preventing winter damage to trees from these and other sources: Protecting Trees and Shrubs Against Winter Damage, a publication by Bert T. Swanson and Richard Rideout, University of Minnesota. This publication discusses damage to trees from […]

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