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Wildlife


We’re lucky to share our campus with some pretty fascinating creatures. Owls, porcupines and more all make their home here with us. Meet some of our wild residents and the teaching animals who live with us.

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    This red squirrel is just as curious about you!

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    Some are rare and a thrill to see in the distance.

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    Others are so small and "common" that we might not have noticed them before.

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    This Bald Eagle and Common Raven were seen by one of our trail cameras feeding on a deer carcass.

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    Once in a while we are lucky enough to get REALLY close to our wild neighbors.

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    And other times we are thrilled to see them in the distance living their lives.

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    Close or far, big or small...

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    Wolf Ridge is home to a great diversity of wild animals.


These animals live with us every day and help us teach

Great Horned Owl

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A local wildlife rehabilitator received a Great Horned Owl from around Grand Marais and sent him to the Raptor Center in St. Paul for medical attention. Having visual defects in both eyes, Hunter (as he is now known) came to Wolf Ridge’s education program August 6, 2004. Great Horned Owls come in many shades to help with camouflage. Hunter is a very light-colored great horned owl.

 

 

 

Red-tailed Hawk

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Ruby is a Red-tailed Hawk that we received from the Raptor Center in the fall of 2009. We are not sure how she was injured but she is blind in her left eye. These hawks are some of the most commonly seen because they like to hunt in the mowed grass along our roadways. (A red-tailed hawk can eat about 1,000 mice a year!)

 

 

 

Buff Orpington Chicken

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Malory arrived April 25th, 2016 when she was just 2 days old. She helps here by teaching students about bird characteristics, predator/prey interactions and the difference between wild animals and domesticated ones. Buff Orpingtons are common backyard chickens because they lay many eggs and are good mothers.

 

 

 

Northern Saw Whet Owl

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Beep came to us from the Raptor Center in June of 2013. He is blind in his right eye after being hit by a truck. Saw-whets are our smallest Minnesota raptor so they are not often seen. However, you can find them by listening at night for their “beep” call.

 

 

 

North American Porcupine

Thistle was found in 2007 in the woods near his mother, who had died. He was just a baby—a little bigger than a grapefruit—and was brought to a wildlife rehabilitator who cared for him until a permanent home at Wolf Ridge was arranged. Porcupines are the second largest rodents in North America behind the beaver. They are excellent tree climbers so look up sometimes as you walk through the woods.

 

 

Common Raven

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Korppi was found and thought to be an orphan when she was just learning to fly. Not having been taught how to be a wild  raven by her parents, she would struggle to survive in the wild. Ravens are a part of the “Corvid” family, some of the most intelligent birds on the planet.

 

More Critters

Wolf Ridge is also home to a variety of northern Minnesota fish, grey tree frogs, a bullsnake, and tiger salamanders.