Boulder Lake orchid presentation 11.19.22

The Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers met on November 19 at the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center about 30 minutes north of Duluth. Zane welcomed us to the Center, which is a partnership between UMD, Minnesota Power, and St. Louis County set within an 18,000 acre management area. Our speaker was Rubin Stenseng, who is bothContinue reading “Boulder Lake orchid presentation 11.19.22”

Tour of B4WarmED experiment

On the gorgeous afternoon of Sunday October 2, the Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers met at the Cloquet Forestry Center with Dr. Artur Stefanski, a University of Minnesota Research Associate. He took us inside a deer exclosure covering several acres where a variety of research projects are running. For most of our visit Dr. Stefanski discussedContinue reading “Tour of B4WarmED experiment”

Nature walk at the DWP Trail Corridor 9.13.22

On a beautiful Fall evening, the Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers met with Jeffrey Flory of the 1854 Treaty Authority to learn about invasive non-native species in the Arrowhead region and their effects on native species. Jeffrey discussed the threats that invasive plant species can pose to native species by displacing their habitat. We met atContinue reading “Nature walk at the DWP Trail Corridor 9.13.22”

2022 Native Plant Foray

Author: Ethan Perry On Saturday, August 28, Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers held our first annual Plant Foray. The Forays are intended to provide the Olga Lakela Herbarium at UMD with fresh plant specimens for educational and research purposes. The morning showers ended, but our feet certainly got wet as we headed into the Blue DasherContinue reading “2022 Native Plant Foray”

Nature walk in the Superior National Forest 7.9.22

On a beautiful July morning, the Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers met at the White Pine Picnic Area trailhead in the Superior National Forest. This event examining fire-dependent native plant communities was led by Nate Quadhamer of the US Forest Service. At our first stop, we discussed intact fire-dependent woodland forest communities that had not recentlyContinue reading “Nature walk in the Superior National Forest 7.9.22”

Nature walk at Tischer Creek 6.3.22

On Friday, June 3rd, the Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers joined Dr. Jessica Savage of the University of Minnesota – Duluth for a nature hike at Tischer Creek in Duluth. Dr. Savage discussed the phenology (the timing of biological events) of native trees in the Duluth-Superior area. At the beginning of our walk we observed aContinue reading “Nature walk at Tischer Creek 6.3.22”

Spring ephemeral wildflower walk at Jay Cooke State Park on 5.14.2022

After a long, cold winter with heavy snowfalls followed by a cool spring, the Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers wondered if the snow would melt for the spring ephemerals to show up for the planned hike in May. On a sunny Saturday, the group of just under 30 participants were delighted to find yellow and whiteContinue reading “Spring ephemeral wildflower walk at Jay Cooke State Park on 5.14.2022”

Vegetation Re-Survey of the Brule River Watershed in NW Wisconsin: 1852 – 2017. 4.12.22

Paul Hlina spoke about a plant survey of the Brule River watershed that he conducted in 2015-16 while at the Lake Superior Research Institute. He shared photos of many beautiful plants and some of their fascinating biology, but even more than that, Paul was a storyteller. He described the serendipitous series of events that ledContinue reading “Vegetation Re-Survey of the Brule River Watershed in NW Wisconsin: 1852 – 2017. 4.12.22”

Plants on the Edge: Monitoring rare, disjunct, and range edge species on Lake Superior Islands 03.15.2022

The plants Dr. Johnson spoke about are on the edge in two senses of the word. Many grow in the dynamic zone between water and land, and they are among the rarest plants of the region. She has studied these rare plants at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which includes 22 Islands and a mainlandContinue reading “Plants on the Edge: Monitoring rare, disjunct, and range edge species on Lake Superior Islands 03.15.2022”

In a patch of goldenrods presentation 01.11.2022

In a Patch of Goldenrods summary by Ethan Perry Presented By: Larry Weber Larry Weber is known for his weekly column “Northland Nature” in the News Tribune and the weekly phenology radio show “Backyard Almanac” on The North 103.3 (formerly KUMD). He is the author of numerous northland nature books, and also taught biology forContinue reading “In a patch of goldenrods presentation 01.11.2022”