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Cracking Trees


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
December 1, 2014

This week maple and pine trees were cracking from the cold. The reason they crack is because the sap inside the tree freezes and expands. You can hear the cracking happen and feel it cracking when you touch it. Head outside on a cold night and see what you can hear! ~Sydney Stock and Megan […]

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November Snowfall Before and After


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 11, 2014

  In the morning…      Later that day…  Over the course of one day we went from zero to four inches of snow! Wolf Ridge has been transformed into a winter wonder land. This snow fell before the ground froze creating a warm layer between the ground and the snow. This layer is great […]

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First Snow!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 3, 2014

On Thursday afternoon snow fell and stuck to the ground for the first time this season at Wolf Ridge! There was much celebration, as snow is a sign of winter coming that makes everyone excited around here. Overnight the snow continued to fall and the accumulation at 7 am on Friday morning was 0.3 inches. […]

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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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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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Bumblebee Caterpillars?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
September 25, 2014

All over Wolf Ridge we have been seeing these caterpillars that have black and yellow bodies with white tufts of hair on their heads and tails.  These bumblebee looking caterpillars are the Spotted Tussock Moths, Lophocampa maculata, and are in their larvae form from July through September.  Keep an eye out for them hanging out […]

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Spring Feast


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 20, 2014

This week the Naturalists went out on a journey to find (and eat!) wild edibles right here at Wolf Ridge. While taking a trip down the Wolf Ridge driveway, they discovered the excitement and mystery of foraging. They came upon wild leeks, dandelions, evening primrose, and ginger. The Naturalists worked hard at correctly identifying the […]

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Wee Wildlife Welcomes Spring!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 20, 2014

Spring is in the air! This is excellent news for me as an entomologist because it means life is about to get way more interesting as bugs come out of their hiding places. Here’s a roughened darkling beetle (Upis ceramboides) that came out of it’s hiding spot in a dead birch stump. They survive the […]

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Tapping Into Spring!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 18, 2014

Here at Wolf Ridge, spring is slowly fighting to be seen and heard. We have had just a handful of days with temperatures creeping above freezing, allowing our 38 inches of snow depth to sink to 31inches in just one week! Downy woodpeckers are beginning to court like boys and girls at recess, the Red-Breasted […]

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Whooo’s That?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 28, 2014

  Ear-like tufts and yellow-eyed stares are not the only characteristics one can use to recognize the great horned owl. Listen closely at night as they can be identified by their stuttering series of four to five hoots “Hoo-h’HOO-hoo-hoo.” Great horned owls are one of the most common owls found in North America. They live in […]

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Flashes of Red


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 11, 2014

This past week, sightings of the beautiful Pine Grosbeak have been reported near the West Dorm bird feeders. This bird is a large member of the true finch family and is found in coniferous woods across Alaska, the western mountains of the United States, Canada, and in subarctic Fennoscandia and Siberia.  Pine grosbeaks in parts […]

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Tap tap tap…


Posted By Carrie Anderson
February 3, 2014

Tap tap tap tap…tap tap tap, I hear a woodpecker making loud noises as I walk to the dining hall. I stop to look and see if I can’t see who is responsible for the noise and see a Downy Woodpecker high in a tree drumming away. While it might not seem like spring is […]

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Our First Snowstorm


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
December 19, 2013

By Alaina Clark Tromp, stomp, slog, oomph Trudging through powdery fluff. Sixteen inches plus twelve more- Haven’t we got enough? Complain and moan, Cry and wail. Why oh why Did I choose this trail? But stop, wait. What’s that sound? A hopeful whistle just off the ground, “Cheeseburger, cheeseburger” “Chickadee-dee-dee.” I freeze, I stare, I […]

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Big Snow December


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
December 6, 2013

Between the 2nd and 5th of December Wolf Ridge got a snowstorm that nearly made the record books in its 3 day stay with us! After only having 5 or so inches on the ground for the winter season so far, the blustery snowstorm reduced visibility on the Ridge to only several hundred yards and […]

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The ICE is ON


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 19, 2013

Each year at Wolf Ridge, the staff make guesses as to when Wolf Lake will freeze all the way across. Well rumors began to fly around the ridge on Tuesday, November 19th of how the lake had indeed froze. So a crew of three naturalists headed down to Wolf Lake, to make a great discovery […]

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How Long Will Jacques Be Able to Paddle?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 12, 2013

It’s that time of the year again when Wolf Lake is starting to freeze over. The water has recently turned over and is starting to freeze around the edges of the lake that are in the shade. In the past Wolf Lake has frozen anywhere from October 28th to December 7 with the average date […]

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