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Spring is Finally ~Actually~ Here on the Ridge!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 14, 2018

Spring is finally ~actually~ here on the ridge! New little ephemerals such as marsh marigold, bloodroot, and ramps (wild leeks) are sprouting all about the ridge! Beavers were seen in the pond in the wetlands, as well as many new waterfowl. Recorded so far are trumpeter swans, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, red-breasted mergansers, buffleheads, pied-billed […]

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New Signs of Spring!


Posted By Maggie Noun
May 14, 2018

Spring is finally ~actually~ here on the ridge! New little ephemerals such as marsh marigold, bloodroot, and wild leeks are sprouting all about the ridge! Beavers were seen in the pond in the wetlands, as well as many new waterfowl. Recorded so far are trumpeter swans, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Red-Breasted Mergansers, Buffleheads, Pied-billed grebes, […]

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Get Ready for Wild Pesto!!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 27, 2018

Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are a wild onion species and one of the first spring ephemerals in the Wolf Ridge woods. Spring ephemerals are ground plants that sprout after the snow melts but before the trees leaf out, taking advantage of the increased sunlight hitting the forest floor. Ramps are more commonly associated […]

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What is a typical camp day like at Wolf Ridge?


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
April 26, 2018

Have you ever wondered what a typical camp day looks like Wolf Ridge?  While every day at camp is unique in its own way, let me share with you what a typical day might look like.   7:00 AM “Rise and Shine everyone!” (…yawn…) Time to wake up and get ready for the day…   […]

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The Lake People


Posted By Maggie Noun
April 17, 2018

The Lake People   There is one place on the shore of Mother Superior that the Lake People still frequent in peace. there is no black sludge that invades the rolling waves that hit basalt.   The Lake People maintain their garden combing through tangles of lichens. With crisp water, they gently spray the tiny […]

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Why Wilderness Trips Matter


Posted By David Butcher
April 11, 2018

When the weather starts to warm up and as signs of spring arrive, it is inevitable that I’ll start thinking about getting out on a wilderness trip during the summer. There is just something about the promise of exploration, solitude, and time spent with good friends, that keeps me dreaming about the next outdoor adventure. […]

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Spring Slowly Arrives


Posted By Maggie Noun
April 11, 2018

When Spring arrives on the ridge, it is not as Mary Oliver or other poets would write it as. There are no tender tendrils of green peeking through the ground, with song birds chirping happily in boughs of newly leafed trees. No, instead the ground is covered in crystalized, crunchy snow, with earth infused. The […]

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What do kids learn at camp?


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
March 29, 2018

As the Summer Youth & Family Program Director at Wolf Ridge, I get the privilege of talking to many parents each year. One of the biggest things I have learned from all of these conversations is that it is not easy for parents to make the decision to send their child to summer camp. While […]

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Adulthood and Wonder


Posted By Maggie Noun
March 22, 2018

Being an adult, I sometimes forget about the magic of nature. I forget about the rolling hills of the eroded Sawtooth mountains, the tiny networks of organisms in lichens, the peeling exposed bark of the paper birch, the tall red pines, and wolf tracks along ski trails. Even as I live here, it can be […]

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Wolf Ridge Trips and Our Public Lands


Posted By David Butcher
March 14, 2018

I often think back to an unforgettable moment on a Wolf Ridge wilderness canoeing trip I guided a few years back. It was the last night of our trip and we had a close to perfect campsite in Voyageurs National Park with a fantastic rock outcropping facing west. We had just finished dinner and all […]

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International Women’s Day – Poem by Maggie Noun


Posted By Maggie Noun
March 8, 2018

Dedicated to all women and girls finding their place in the environment and the outdoors!   You may think that you have no place in the woods here. That you cannot climb, run, and roll in the mud. That you are cold and weak, and full of fear. Little do you know that you are […]

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Which Woodpecker was Wandering the Woods?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 6, 2018

If you go on a walk through the woods in the spring, you might hear a distinct drumming sound. Looking around, you can see a woodpecker. But alas, which one???? Here at Wolf Ridge, the most common woodpeckers are the downy, hairy and pileated. The downy woodpecker is the smallest of the three at 6-7” […]

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6 TIPS TO PICK A SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM FOR YOUR CHILD


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
February 28, 2018

Summers are magical. School’s out, the days are long, and free time abounds. Yet after a month or so, boredom sets in and kids start gravitating toward the couch, glued to smartphones, binging on Netflix, and playing video games for hours on end. That’s where summer camps come in. Camp is designed to let kids […]

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Roller Coaster Temps and a Blizzard


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 20, 2018

It’s been a chaotic week in the North Woods. It reminded us of riding the Wild Thing at Valley Fair. We monitored the weather for a week, from 2-13-18 to 2-19-18. The start of the week was fairly cold with a low of -13 and a high of 11. By Wednesday, Finland experienced a high […]

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The Troll of Raven Lake


Posted By Maggie Noun
February 15, 2018

The Troll of Raven lake resides in the caves are only accessible on ice, or by canoe by Marshall Mountain. If you have seen a troll before you’ll know that trolls are terrible and unsightly, with a nose like a bumpy carrot, a few hairs on the top of its head that look like algae, […]

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Hardy Redpolls


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 14, 2018

What animal can withstand -65 degree F temperatures, has a pouch in their esophagus to store food and digs tunnels in the snow? The answer is the common redpoll, a small passerine bird about half the size of your fist. These little, hardy birds spend their winters in the arctic tundra and boreal forest. While […]

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Crazy Cold and Crazy People


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 12, 2018

What is the craziest thing that you can imagine doing? Think about it for a minute, this post can wait. What if I told you that I was offered the opportunity to go to Lake Winnipeg and camp in negative 40-degree weather in order to train to go to the North Pole. Oh yeah, and […]

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Clear Night on Wolf Lake: A Short Story


Posted By Maggie Noun
February 1, 2018

Sam was from the cities, where there were maybe one to ten stars showing up on a clear night. Even so, she loved the sight of the downtown lights across Lake Harriet at night, a reminder of how close nature and humans could truly be. Sam and her classmates arrived on the bus to Wolf […]

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Let it Snow!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
January 26, 2018

This week in the world of phenology we explored everyone’s favorite winter precipitation, snow! In our exploration we visited several locations along the North Shore. We delved deep, observing multiple strata from the fluffy upper layer to the subnivean zone. At each site, we counted the number of layers, measured the temperature of each layer, […]

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Hoo’s watching our bird feeders?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
January 26, 2018

This week the Forest Ecology building had an exciting visitor- a barred owl! Perched in an aspen facing the Northeast side of the building, the bird remained perfectly still observing chickadees flying to and from our bird feeders. Barred owls can be identified by their rounded head (no ‘ears’), black eyes, yellow beak, and by […]

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