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Aspen Clones


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 30, 2014

As the last of the trees lose their leaves, I always wonder why some trees keep their leaves for so long. I wondered even more when I saw a group of Aspen trees all keeping some of their leaves. This is because Aspen trees have interconnected root systems. It is common for Aspen trees near […]

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What’s a Catkin Anyways?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 29, 2014

Late autumn is a great time to observe tree buds and catkins. The buds will become next year’s leaves, and catkins play different roles on different trees. Trees form buds to protect the leaf axils, the buds can be hard and sometimes even fuzzy! Paper Birch tree catkins contain seeds that look like tiny butterflies […]

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Dead or Alive?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 21, 2014

With lots of the leaves now fallen from maple trees and other tree types, it can be hard to tell if the tree is dead or alive.  A closer look can help us decide!  If there are buds on the branches, the tree is alive.  Can’t tell if that bump is a bump or a […]

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Blood Moon


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 9, 2014

During the wee hours of Wednesday morning, some of us here at Wolf Ridge decided to brave the wind and cold to get a peek at the lunar eclipse that occurred. A lunar eclipse is when the sun, earth and moon all align so that the earth casts a shadow across the moon. During a […]

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Busy Beavers of Sawmill Creek


Posted By Ryan Pennesi
October 6, 2014

When I returned to Wolf Ridge ELC this fall for a second year I quickly returned to my old hobby of tracking and photographing the resident campus wildlife. Within the first few weeks I was tipped-off by a summer naturalist that a family of busy beavers had constructed a fresh lodge; very close to one […]

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Heat Riders: Raptor Migration in Full Swing


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 6, 2014

This morning I woke up to the sight of swirling silhouettes in the sky. Called “kettles” for their likeness to the appearance of rising steam from a kettle, these groups of migrating raptors (sometimes hundreds together at once!) are riding the currents of a thermal updraft in order to conserve strength and gain altitude as […]

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Fall Colours in Unexpected Places


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 3, 2014

This weekend just passed saw the fall colours truly kick into action, and for those of us from other climes (read: yours truly from Ireland), especially from anywhere further south, it’s been a shock to see the riot of seasonal colour kick in so early. But some coniferous trees lose their leaves at this point […]

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