- January 24, 2013 at 9:39 am
Biting Minnesota winds and below-freezing days are not always the most pleasant, but puffy jackets, mittens, scarves and hats keep the cold at bay. However, while we humans are able to bundle up or stay indoors to take advantage of central heating, most other species are not so lucky during the winter months.
- January 15, 2013 at 9:47 am
While it is tempting to think that all animals have the good sense to curl up and sleep through Minnesota’s harsh winters, there are a number of hardy residents that brave the cold and inhabit the Arb year round.
- November 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Believe it or not, the Arb does not run itself. There is in fact an Arboretum Office, and many hard-working individuals dedicated to its maintenance.
- November 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Fall weather has settled in and temperatures are cooling off--but what would it be like if average temperatures were freezing all year?
- October 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm
It’s nearing the end of October, the leaves are falling, and temperatures are dropping. That means many animals are spending a final few days in the sun and getting ready for hibernation. Snakes are no exception.
- October 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm
What do leaves have to do with the seasons? Most people mark the coming of winter by the time that trees become bare and leaves litter the ground. The trees themselves, however, begin their winter preparations long before we humans do.
- October 16, 2012 at 9:00 am
Fifth week means it’s crunch time at Carleton, but the stress level of students isn’t the only thing that is peaking right now.
- October 9, 2012 at 9:48 am
Fall may be my favorite time of year, and October my favorite month.
- October 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Weeks have passed since the beginning of fall term, and the average Carl has long since settled into their fall routine. The Arboretum, on the other hand, is a vision of constant change.
- September 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm
One important measure of restoration progress is the presence of indicator species – species that require specific conditions only associated with high-quality habitat – and this summer, two important indicator species were observed in the Arb.
- May 29, 2012 at 11:29 am
I've been a student naturalist since my freshman year. I didn't realize that I was signing up to write the last Arb notes of the term several weeks ago when I picked this date. It seems fitting, though, that I, rather than one of the younger naturalists, should get to have the last word of the year. It also gives me an opportunity to reflect on how the Arb, and my perceptions of the Arb, have changed over the last four years.
- May 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm
On a bright and surprisingly warm Saturday morning, 19 intrepid adventurers gathered at the Arb Office at 6am to partake in the decade-long tradition of the Annual Arboretum Bird Count. Initiated in 2000, this rite seeks to record the populations of the long-term and the migratory birds that frequent the Arb. At 17 spots throughout the Arb, the volunteers recorded the species they saw or heard in a designated 2-minute span. Over the years, the number of species recorded has ranged from 58 to 73 species.