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Chickadee ‘Hey Sweetie’ Already?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
December 12, 2016

On a blustery winter walk on Wolf Ridge campus, naturalist Hannah Edstrom heard something rather unusual. Coming from a nearby tree, a flock of chickadees began emitting a loud “fee-bee” call. Not having heard that sound in the winter before, Hannah ran to Wolf Ridge’s resident bird expert Nathan Cross. When Hannah told Nathan about […]

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Forest Chicken!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
December 9, 2016

During their Animals Signs class, Jeffers Pond students headed off trail to explore. Lucky for them, they spotted a Ruffed Grouse! The students were thereafter very excited to look for more signs of the “forest chicken” – a nickname given due to their shape and similar movement.   Ruffed Grouse have a short, triangular crest and a […]

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Making Waves Update – Fundraising Status


Posted By shannonwalz
December 6, 2016

By John Chandler, Wolf Ridge Development Director We’ve had some exciting rainy, snowy, icy weather the last few days but our construction teams are hard at work.  The windows have been installed in the Naturalist House and they are working on getting the metal roof on when they can.  With the windows installed the construction […]

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Making Waves Update – Maintenance Building


Posted By shannonwalz
November 29, 2016

This year we are building both a new naturalist house as well as a new maintenance building. This week the materials for the maintenance building have arrived and the building is quickly being framed! Our new maintenance facility will allow our hard working Maintenance and Grounds team to work on vehicles in a heated shop […]

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A Roof!


Posted By Carrie Anderson
November 22, 2016

The roof is on the Naturalist House! With the framing up and now a roof above, construction crews will soon be able to work without worrying about snow. Windows will go in next week, as well as weatherproofing the outer walls.   LEED vs. LBC, Part One While there are a number “green building” initiatives out in the […]

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NAT CHAT — Jarrod and Nathan


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 21, 2016

This week’s Nat Chat features Jarrod and Nathan along with the fashions they wish would come back in style! (Hint: both are already seen here in the Northwoods!)   Nathan Cross Hometown: Maple Grove, MN Graduate Naturalist   Favorite thing about being a Naturalist? My favorite part of being a Naturalist is having the opportunity […]

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NAT CHAT — Jack and Rory


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 18, 2016

Ever thought about the mountains in Norway or Austria? Check out what Jack and Rory had to say about it in this week’s Nat Chat!   Jack Minich Hometown: Washington, D.C. Graduate Naturalist   Favorite thing about being a Naturalist? Living and working in a community of outdoorsy folks!   If you could be anywhere […]

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Signs of Spring in Fall??


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 17, 2016

  During a recent muddle through the marsh, a bright yellow color stood out on the ground. Marsh marigolds, Caltha palustris, typically bloom in April or May. This year we were visited by these marigolds quite early. Why the early bloom? Record high temperatures were reached on eight of the first fourteen days of November […]

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Making Waves Construction Update – November 16


Posted By shannonwalz
November 16, 2016

Wolf Ridge is buzzing with activity The construction projects have begun! In August, we began construction on our new Naturalist Housing and Maintenance shop. The Naturalist House is nearly entirely framed up and the roof should be on early next week. Our capital campaign has hit its mid-distance stride and the construction projects will soon […]

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NAT CHAT — Rosie and Hannah


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 11, 2016

Do you wear socks with sandals? Find out what Hannah and Rosie think about it in this week’s NAT CHAT!   Hannah Edstrom Hometown: Red Wing, MN Graduate Naturalist   Favorite thing about being a Naturalist? Being able to go outside all the time and hang out with kids all day (and all the animals […]

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The Not so EVER…Evergreen


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 7, 2016

The American Tamarack has some qualities that distinguish it from other members of the pine family. As with most pine family trees, they have a large area of cleared trunk due to the lower, mature limbs dying and dropping off. But unlike others such as the lodgepole pine, fir, and spruce, the tamarack’s roots grow […]

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NAT CHAT — Erika


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 2, 2016

Check out this week’s Nat chat with Erika! We ask the hard hitting questions to really get to know this great naturalist!   Erika LeMay Hometown: Superior, WI Graduate Naturalist   What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? I’ve gained more of my child-like curiosity and wonder back. It’s made me realize that […]

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NAT CHAT — Mikki and Linnea


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 27, 2016

It is great to be a naturalist here at Wolf Ridge and have the opportunity of getting to know so many new people every week! This week’s Nat Chat finds out a little more about two of our Graduate Naturalists, Mikki and Linnea!   Mikki Brevig Hometown: South Saint Paul, MN Graduate Naturalist   What […]

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CSI: Sawmill Creek Edition


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 24, 2016

On a hike this past Saturday, we found tracks under the Fishing Bridge over Sawmill Creek. Walking down the creek, white feathers were seen in the water near shore. A few more feet down, a large white mass was seen at the opposite side of the creek. The water has been high, so we thought […]

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NAT CHAT — Maria and Lauren


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 20, 2016

Curious about our Naturalists here at Wolf Ridge? This week’s NAT CHAT catches up with Lauren and Maria to learn more!   Lauren Kitrell Hometown: Orono, MN Graduate Naturalist What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? I get to explore and share my love for the North Shore with others. Plus, I get to […]

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NAT CHAT – Brooke and Emily


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 17, 2016

Ever want to know more about your Naturalists here at Wolf Ridge? Check out “NAT CHATs” to get the inside scoop!   Brooke Piepenburg Hometown: Willmar, MN Graduate Naturalist What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? I would definitely say my favorite thing about being a naturalist, especially here at Wolf Ridge, would be […]

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Beaver Caches


Posted By Carrie Anderson
October 17, 2016

Observation challenge: can you find the beaver in this picture?? We’ve been looking carefully on Raven Lake (pictured) and Sawmill Creek to find beavers and beaver signs. We have found beavers, lodges and dams, trails and canals, and evidence of chewing throughout the summer and fall. But this past week, a new sign of beaver […]

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NAT CHAT with Emma and Makaila


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 17, 2016

Who’s teaching at Wolf Ridge this fall? Meet Emma Rohleder and Makaila Miller in this week’s “NAT CHAT” with Danielle Tikalsky.   Emma Rohleder Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Graduate Naturalist What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? My favourite thing about being a naturalist is the new folks coming every week to go outside with […]

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It’s One Game at a Time for #NationalStopBullyingDay


Posted By David Butcher
October 12, 2016

Every time I teach Team Games it’s an adventure.  I was just coming to the end of my class at the end of the day and was pretty impressed with how far they had come in growing their skills and collaboration.  To end the day, I decided to give them one more big challenge.  I […]

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Poop on a Stick?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 10, 2016

Fondly known as “poop on a stick,” black knot fungus often grows on chokecherry trees around Wolf Ridge. A fungal disease, black knot fungus can prove fatal for many young trees. However, on the larger trees, it serves as nothing more than a pest for the branches it targets. This fungus overwinters on trees in […]

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