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Is Finland the New Miami?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
January 27, 2015

When observing bird feeders this time of year in Northern Minnesota, you may notice many striped little birds fluttering about. There are three primary birds that you are likely seeing, all of which may look similar without the use of binoculars. These three birds are Black-Capped Chickadees, Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins.          […]

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Is it Cold Enough for Minnesota’s Plants?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
January 13, 2015

Last week was the coldest of the year (alright, alright, it was the first week of the year). While some of us might not have enjoyed the frigid weather, it was actually crucial to many of the plants at Wolf Ridge. Cold temperatures help plants go through a process called vernalization, during which the flowers, […]

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Tracking a Wily Weasel


Posted By Ryan Pennesi
January 13, 2015

Next to a pile of firewood is a story written in the snow. Scrambling tracks, blood, and a fresh pile of feathers paint a picture. Reddish, brownish, and blackish feathers belong to the unfortunate victim, a Ruffed Grouse. Classic bounding weasel tracks nearby reveal the predator to be a Pine Marten. Depressions in the snow […]

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The Naturalist’s Frozen Five: Staying Warm in the Cold


Posted By David Butcher
January 6, 2015

It’s the beginning of January and we are heading into what might be the coldest week of the year so far.  Sometimes being outside in the cold can be intimidating, but here at Wolf Ridge we believe it is also a great opportunity to learn and explore in a unique setting.  During these frosty times […]

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Dressing for FUN Cold-Weather Learning


Posted By David Butcher
January 5, 2015

Winter can be amazing. When the temperatures hover around zero and below the snow squeaks when you walk and those clear azure skies and sparkling white snow can take your breath away. And if you’re dressed right, that breathe will be warm and comfortable. You’ve probably heard the expression ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.’  Wolf Ridge has been teaching […]

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