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Species Spotlight: Elderberries

By: Paul Kortebein

April 08, 2021

Elderberries are some of the most widespread plants in our area. Learn all about the two varieties of elderberries that grow in Minnesota, where to find them, how to tell them apart and more.

Phenology: Nature's Calendar

By: Ashley Smith

March 22, 2021

American robins, red-winged blackbirds, the call of wood frogs — signs of spring are upon us and we are taking note! Learn what it means to notice these changes of the season and how phenology helps local and global communities.

Species Spotlight: Beavers

By: Steven Hogg

March 08, 2021

Beavers are found throughout Minnesota and Three Rivers Parks, but how much do you really know about them? Learn all about their unique adaptations to living in the water, how they survive winter, and how and why their populations are managed.

The Sky Dance of the Timberdoodle

By: Elaine Tucker

February 03, 2021

Watch a video to learn about the elusive mating ritual of the American woodcock and get tips on how you can experience this seasonal display of courtship this spring.

Species Spotlight: American Plum

By: Paul Kortebein

January 19, 2021

Did you know American plum trees are common in Minnesota — and you can eat the fruit? Learn all about how to identify American plums, how to grow them, how we expect climate change to impact them and more.

The Bear That Spent The Summer

By: John Moriarty & Erin Korsmo

December 14, 2020

There were several bear sightings in Elm Creek Park Reserve this year. Learn more about what we saw, what it would mean to us to have regular bears in the parks, and whether we think bears will become more common in the Twin Cities.

How Do Insects Survive Winter?

By: Angela Grill

December 09, 2020

In Minnesota, we stop seeing and hearing insects as winter settles in. Find out where they've gone and how they survive our coldest season.

The most used bird migration path in North America passes right through the heart of the Twin Cities. Learn about the Mississippi Flyway, where to look for birds, and how you can help protect these migrators.

Species Spotlight: Eastern Cottonwood

By: Paul Kortebein

July 27, 2020

Cottonwood trees may be best known for making it look like it's snowing in June, but there's more to these giants than their annual seed dispersal. Read on to learn all about these native trees and how they fit into Minnesota's environment.

Mosquitos in Three Rivers

By: John Moriarty

July 06, 2020

Although mosquitos are a nuisance to humans, and in some cases can carry diseases harmful to humans and animals, they are an important part to the ecosystems. Learn all about these pesky bugs and ways to protect yourself from their itchy "bites."

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