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Short stories and photos about the natural happenings on Wolf Ridge this week. Animal sightings, northern lights, berries ready for picking...

Ode to Trees


Posted By Robby Holmes
March 4, 2020

2/26/20 15 degrees F, sunny, calm          The recent warmth of February has left the snow waterlogged and crunchy. My snowshoes are necessary for the trek to […]

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Disturbance


Posted By Robby Holmes
November 13, 2019

October 31st Overcast, calm, 29 degrees F                 The winds that played music for the dancing aspens proved too much for others in […]

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Dancing Aspens


Posted By Robby Holmes
October 29, 2019

October 6th, morning Windy, sunny, 45 degrees F            It’s a windy day here at the mandala. The largest aspen, just a few feet in front […]

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Balsam Fir


Posted By Robby Holmes
October 14, 2019

October 1st, early afternoon ~50 degrees F, partly sunny Recent heavy rains           The forest is familiar today, comforting. Although it is not how it was. […]

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Korppi’s Visitor


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 13, 2019

So there I was, hanging out with our raven, Korppi. We were working on her new training exercises where I ask her to pick up a pencil and jab it down […]

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Aspen Island Project


Posted By David Stieler
January 10, 2019

A forest can seem very constant, immovable, and unchanging. It is easy to get lulled into a sense that a specific forested area has always been here and will always […]

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Walleyes of Wolf Lake


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 15, 2018

As I meander down to Wolf Lake from the Lakeview House with fishing pole in hand, it becomes hard not to notice all the changes going on in the forest […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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???? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How did this rock “sink”?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
December 11, 2017

Early in the week we were able to see a phenomenon normally isolated to spring. When soil freezes, the water inside it expands, pushing up and out in all directions. […]

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Tracking Snowshoe Hare in Winter


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 16, 2017

Snowshoe Hare, Lepus americanus, is the most common “rabbit” of Minnesota’s North Woods. Living in the dense thickets of northern coniferous forests, the snowshoe hare feasts on a bounty of […]

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Leave it to Beaver


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 16, 2017

As the saying goes, beavers were and are busy as usual this year preparing for and living through winter. They spent the spring and summer working on their dams and […]

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Thin Ice! 


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 7, 2017

It’s that time of year again where the temperature starts to dip below freezing, especially at night. Because of this many of the puddles, streams, and ponds have begun to […]

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Meet Our New Animals!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 3, 2017

We have a few new animal friends here at Wolf Ridge, let’s learn a little bit about them!   Our first new resident is a Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) […]

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