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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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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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World Turtle Day: Meet Maxine!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 23, 2014

By Erin Manning, Live Animal Care Coordinator at Wolf Ridge It just so happens to be that our newest education animal here at Wolf Ridge is a turtle!  I love turtles and am glad to be able to work with one.  So I thought I would tell you all about Maxine.       Maxine […]

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The Spirit of the Goat


Posted By David Butcher
May 16, 2014

You never really know what a 2nd grader will say next.   A couple of weeks ago I was teaching an indoor rock climbing class to a group of 2nd graders from St. Croix Montessori School from Stillwater, MN.  I was immediately excited to teach a class of students this age, mainly because of their […]

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My Summer at Science Credit Camp


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 9, 2014

Story by Beth Va Vang – first published at Patrick Henry High School (2011) and in the Minnesota Women’s Press (1/2012.) “Stepping onto the bus last summer became a life-changing experience. I rode for four hours with other Scientists Eagerly Acquiring Knowledge (SEAK) students from Minneapolis and Duluth, anticipating the three weeks that awaited us […]

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Celebrating Environmental Education


Posted By shannonwalz
April 13, 2014

We all have those memorable moments that change our lives.  They stick with us and shape who we are.  When I look back I can point to moments that led me to my career in environmental education and fostered my appreciation for the natural world.  I distinctly remember the joy and wonder I felt on […]

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What’s in a Name? The Story of Wolf and Raven Lakes


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 7, 2014

Does the name “Johnson Lake” carry the same magic for you as “Wolf Lake?”  Me either! “Wolf Lake” brings to mind cliffs lifting high into the hills and views down the valley onto Lake Superior beyond. Maybe there’s a voyageur canoe gliding through the narrows in the summer or snowshoers trekking across the white looking […]

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Lake Superior Freezes!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 6, 2014

During the wee night hours of February 5/6, the magic of a cold winter night froze the water along Lake Superior’s North Shore. This morning I woke to the sun bouncing dramatically off of the clear, freshly formed skim. I could hear the zinging and singing of the ice growing and shifting under the bright sun and […]

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Tap tap tap tap…


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
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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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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Meet Wolf Ridge Farmer, David Abazs


Posted By Carrie Anderson
November 11, 2013

David Abazs hails originally from the suburbs of New York City. A documentary about Amish life provided the spark to motivate David to pursue his dream when he was just seven – become a farmer. He goes on to say, “It [the documentary] was about these people without mustaches and beards and they used horses […]

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