Category Archives: Nature Notes

Spring Beauty

So much is changing every day here in the North Country. After a winter of white and brown, Nature has burst out in a symphony of colors. Thanks to all of the contributors who shared their photos and thoughts to … Continue reading

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Spring Is Cancelled – Nature is not!

Thanks to all of the contributors to this post: Sabrina Harvey, Mary Goehle, Jules Ikhaml, and Jenny Boldt. Many of us living in the North Country are pretty sure that Spring is not going to come. But, there are those … Continue reading

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Road Less Traveled

Photos and text by Josh Lewandowski and Hue (pronounced Way) Dao. Follow Josh and Hue’s  yearlong adventure:     @joshlewandowski    @hue2go You know the pictures, the ones with high-top econolines, moneyed sprinters, and colored vanagons perched precariously on lonely canyon rims or … Continue reading

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Animal Tracking Basics

Below is an excerpt from an expert tracker,  Jonathan Poppele. He wrote the book,  Animal Tracks: Midwest Edition: “Tracking is the study and interpretation of the footprints and other signs left behind by animals as they go about their lives. … Continue reading

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Animal Homes

Animal Homes This is a great time of year to study Animal Homes.  Below you will see a Youtube video I created in a park near my house. As you are watching the video, follow along and try to figure … Continue reading

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Going Solo in the BWCA

Holly Einess has a Biology degree from St. Olaf College and is a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. Her dream is for humans to welcome nature into their everyday lives and to live in kinship with their fellow creatures on this … Continue reading

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Good Use for a Road-kill Deer

Guest Posting by Dean Hansen. Dean has contributed to Old Naturalist over the years. I noticed a road-killed deer near my land just east into Wisconsin from my home in Stillwater.  I registered the deer online and dragged it onto my … Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Spring 2020

Mid FebruaryI heard my first signs of spring. What birds were calling in the cold? (cardinal and  “fee bee” call  of the chickadee) Mid March – Vole tunnels in the grass as the snow melts. Late MarchPussy Willows in the … Continue reading

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The Spirit of a Naturalist Artist

We are lucky to have guest blogger, Nanci Olesen,  share her relationship with nature through art and text. When I first saw Nanci’s work in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article (http://www.startribune.com/will-publish-in-different-format/504165212/), I was touched by the intimacy of her sketches … Continue reading

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The Cock of the Rock Adventure

Mindo Cloud Forest, Ecuador. For two days,  we took early morning hikes with our superb birding guide, Lucia, who pointed out numerous species of tanagers and other birds. After two days, Lucia told us about the Cock of the Rock. … Continue reading

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