Tip-toeing through the Tamaracks

If you sit very quietly in the middle of a tamarack fen and close your eyes, you can hear a goose honking in the distance, a red-winged blackbird trilling from the cattails, and 24 little kids, desperately trying to be still. Woodbury’s Tamarack Nature Preserve is the southern-most tamarack swamp in Minnesota and a jewel…

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Watershed rules guide water-friendly development

For each Scrabble game, there must be at least two players and no more than four. Tiles can only be placed from left to right or from top to bottom. Words placed diagonally or backwards are not allowed. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins. To make pickles, stir…

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Caring for Local Wetlands and What Not to Do With Your Leaves

As wetlands become over-saturated with nutrients, they lose their ability to filter water and sometimes even become a source of pollution for downstream lakes and rivers.

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Using a Watershed Approach to Restore Area Lakes

On Friday, January 27, the Comfort Lake – Forest Lake Watershed District broke ground on a $536,605 wetland restoration project in southern Chisago County that will ultimately improve water quality in Moody Lake (Chisago Lake Twp.) and Bone Lake (Scandia). The project will serve as an example for how to work at a watershed scale, as…

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What’s hopping in your yard?

In your yard, you can create a healthy home for frogs and toads by leaving some of the grass unmowed near wetlands, lakes and woods; planting gardens with native plants; and using little or no chemicals on your lawn and gardens.

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Worlds apart and yet somehow not so different

Last month, my husband and I had the good fortune to travel down to Louisiana for a week of Mardis Gras festivities, a holiday that many northerners associate with episodes of MTV Spring Break or Girls Gone Wild. In reality, Mardis Gras is a family-friendly event, celebrated across the state in cities and towns large and…

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How are the Wetlands Minnesota?

Approximately 43% of threatened and endangered plant and animal species in the U.S. live in or depend on wetlands.

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I Brake for Dirt Piles

Never ask an ecologist “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Unless, of course, you are ready for a long discussion that touches on the relationship between habitat and wildlife.

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Old Dogs and New Tricks

When I burned out on my first career, my decision to return to college was a blatant admission of my desire to learn new tricks.

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