Category Archives: Nature Notes

Metamorphosis

Article and photos  by Kelly Shea, who is currently living in Puebla, Mexico, studying Spanish and spending some much needed time as a global citizen. Similar to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, I find myself here in Mexico … Continue reading

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The Eagle has Landed

​Story, photos, and artwork by James Gregory, Plymouth, MN. This the second submission Jim has made. To see more of Jim’s artwork and the work of his wife, Kristina go to: www.oldnaturalist.com/sharing-art-from-the-heart-of-the-earth/    “While skiing across frozen Parker’s Lake right … Continue reading

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Walking on Sacred Land

A true story by Eric Wickiser and the Old Naturalist. Only the names have changed. One day weasel and deer mouse traveled to one of the canyons in the Badlands of  South Dakota to connect with the spirits of the … Continue reading

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Bird woman of the forest

  This is the 3rd in the series about millenials who are following their passion for nature and the Earth. Nicole Krauss is a graduate of Wayzata High School in Minnesota. Here is Nicole’s story:   “I am going into … Continue reading

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Hatchling Highway

Many thanks to Grace Sheely for sharing this wonderful story. On the morning of September 2, 2014, I was thinking of all the students heading back to school and the excitement of their first day. My brooding thoughts were deeper … Continue reading

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Minnehaha Muskie

After an hour of exploring the backwaters of the creek, I turned towards shore and  I saw a muskie following about 6 feet behind me. When I  turned toward it, the muskie did not move away. This 3 foot fish … Continue reading

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Why did the Turtle Cross the Road?

Stories of guardianship and caring for the Land A Snapping Turtle in a Bit of a Predicament by Linnea Palmstrom. Linnea will be a Freshman at UCSB. Previously, she contributed another story about rescuing some turkey eggs from  flooded Nine … Continue reading

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Lake Minnetonka’s Gift: Minnehaha Creek

“In the heart of Minnetonka you can find solitude and a connection between earth and sky, if you seek it”.   Photos and text by Dale Antonson If you live in Minnetonka and have yet to experience the serenity of … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring 2014

January 15 On a below zero morning I heard my first sign of spring. Who was calling in the cold? cardinal and  “fee bee” call  of the chickadee January 17 I was skiing and heard the drumming of a downy … Continue reading

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Global Warming? – Not After This Winter!

We can not predict climate change (global warming)  by studying local weather patterns. Thanks to  Dr. Lee Frelich, Director of the U. Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology for contributing the graphics and making editing suggestions. Are you thinking what I … Continue reading

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