Despite the notable absence of key springtime features like sun, green leaves and grass, and warm weather (not to mention an absence of snow), spring is nearly upon us. Although the sluggish spring has been a bit disappointing, life in the Arb continues more or less as usual.
With the exception of eight holdouts as of Monday, the 514 members of the Class of 2015 finished declaring their majors by 5:00pm last Friday. Continuing with last year’s trend, Biology once again had a strong turnout, and the growth in Computer Science majors continues again this year.
Seeds Farm is a four-acre sustainable, diverse farm just one mile south of Northfield. We produce over 100 varieties of delicious vegetables. We also raise happy laying hens and several contented hogs in our pastures.
Despite our own disbelief that spring is just around the corner, all we have to do is look up now and again see that spring is truly on its way. The sight of migrating birds returning from their warm wintering grounds is something that’s seen every spring, but is truly never more welcome than when snow and 30 degree weather extends into mid-April.
If you’re in the Arb this spring, particularly in the floodplain or near the banks of the Cannon River, there is a slim chance that you will see a Wood Turtle, also known by its Latin name Clemmys insculpta, a threatened species found in Minnesota.
In the middle of December, during one of the coldest weeks of the year, I found myself driving out of the Portland cityscape to the beautiful Washington countryside near Ephrata to meet some pigs.
With last week’s fresh snowfall, now is a great time to strap on your snowshoes and head out into the Arboretum to look for tracks. Track identification can show us a lot about the behavior and movement of an animal, as well as its favorite haunts.
The Tree Removal grant project in the Arboretum is already well underway. Three of four sites have already been cleared of non-native trees and invasive brush. However, some arboretum visitors have wondered why the trees and bramble were removed in the first place.
This Tuesday was Mardi Gras, and Bon Appétit at Carleton celebrated in style. For breakfast, students could have traditional New Orleans style “donuts” at the Wild Thymes Beignet bar.
Spring flowers are just around the corner - according to the groundhog! Come March, a blast of white will once again ‘spring’ up from the ground all over the Arb. A white that is delicate, fragrant, and seductive (if you happen to be a pollinator).
Oftentimes both Bon Appetit and the Wellness center get questions about how sick students might attain meals for the day. Here is what Bon Appetit and the Student Health and Counseling Center had to say about it.
Although the Cowling Arboretum does not exhibit any karst topography, much of Southern Minnesota does. Karst is a geological feature formed by the dissolution of soluble bedrock such as carbonates like limestone and dolostone.