Interpretive Naturalist

What About Woodpeckers?

Go for a hike in any wooded area and you are bound to see holes in trees. Some may be from branches that have died and fallen off, some may be from one tree falling and hitting another, but many are probably from the percussion section of nature’s band: the woodpecker. 

Categories: Birds, Education, Notes from the Land, Seasonal

Onward, Into the Light!

Even though winter is in full swing, daylength is increasing each day. Learn about how the photoperiod plays an important role in every aspect of the natural world.

Categories: Notes from the Land, Seasonal

Embracing the Dark

When the late fall and winter dark arrives, most of us retreat into our homes, cozy with warmth and family at this time of year. And yet, there is that other half of day that is mysterious and quiet and has its own set of sounds and smells.

Categories: Notes from the Land

Creepy! Spooky! Amazing!

Bats are incredible, amazing and often misunderstood animals. What’s so special about them? Learn more about Minnesota’s most common bat, the little brown bat.

Categories: Animals

Caruncle, Wattle, Snood and Beard

Caruncle, wattle, snood and beard, tom, hen, gobble and strut… A new language? Some new rap lyrics? Nope! They all refer to the wild turkey.

Categories: Animals, Birds, Education, Seasonal

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