Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area

Phenology

What ice-out dates and lake turnover mean for our local waterways

Soon the lakes will be “turning over”, part of an annual limnological (or “inland water”) process. If ice-out is late this year, as may be the case, how might that affect lake ecosystems? Read more…

What is that bright heavenly body in the morning sky?

Starting in early February, as I was leaving for work on the cusp of a new dawn, I saw with my little eye a bright star-like object in the east-southeast corner of the sky. I was pretty sure it was a star or planet or some such, but thought that I had better investigate. Read more…

Irruption disruption

A mega-irruption of snowy owls spreads across the continent, with reports as far as Bermuda. Read more…

December ice

Ice is forming on lakes and streams. Read more…

They only make it this far south?

When we think about bird migration, we mostly do so within the context of our summer birds hightailing it out of here for points south. Yet, there are migrants that, while flying south in the fall, land here to spend the winter. Read more…

Cold-blooded conundrum

It’s time for wild animals to start hunkering down for the winter in the Midwest. What are cold-blooded animals doing to prepare for winter? Read about some over-wintering adaptations and strategies of frogs, salamanders, turtles, snakes, lizards, and invertebrates. Read more…

Springy Fall

Day length is now mimicking that of spring causing unseasonable hormonal havoc in animals and plants. Read more…

A plethora of pollinators

Now is a great time to see pollinators. Bumblebees, honeybees, wasps, monarchs, swallowtail butterflies, clear-wing moths, beetles, hummingbirds and more are out there right now foraging for pollen and nectar. Although a crucially important part of our ecosystem, pollinators are in worldwide decline. You can help by preserving natural lands and by planting a diversity of native flowering plants on your land. Read more…

Oak Savanna Interpretive Tour [FULL]

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Enjoy an ecologist-guided tour of a beloved River Gorge Stewards site, the blufftop oak savanna in south Minneapolis.

Berry cool

Mid- to late-summer is the time when the fruit of our native shrubs and trees become ripe, providing important nutrition for many animal species. Read more…