Minnesota, ecology, plants, wildlife, hiking

  1. Black capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 
Chickadees are also super cool. Just like cardinals they stay in MN year round and are often seen in suburbs at feeders. They have some really cool ways of surviving our ridiculous winters. One is by fluffing up their feathers which creates almost an inch of space where temperatures can remain more than 100 ºF. Another cool technique is their awesome memory. In autumn the part of their brain that controls memory actually expands so when they rush around stockpiling food they can remember exactly where they put it. Anyways despite their hardiness winter is still their main killer- so if you have a feeder be sure to put out sunflower seeds, access to which can almost double their rate of survival. 

    Black capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus

    Chickadees are also super cool. Just like cardinals they stay in MN year round and are often seen in suburbs at feeders. They have some really cool ways of surviving our ridiculous winters. One is by fluffing up their feathers which creates almost an inch of space where temperatures can remain more than 100 ºF. Another cool technique is their awesome memory. In autumn the part of their brain that controls memory actually expands so when they rush around stockpiling food they can remember exactly where they put it. Anyways despite their hardiness winter is still their main killer- so if you have a feeder be sure to put out sunflower seeds, access to which can almost double their rate of survival. 

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  2. Widow skimmer - Libellula luctuosa

    Widow skimmer - Libellula luctuosa

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  3. mildly-lively:

    I usually try to keep this blog as text post free as possible, but this blog is also mostly about Sheffield and Sheffield needs you!!

    VOTE HERE: http://vote.growwilduk.com/#site/lovesquare

    For one of my classes this semester we are working on trying to get an overgrown abandoned bit of land in the city centre fixed up into a lovely public square! My professor has created a video for it above, please watch if you’re interested. If not please do click the link and vote for Love Square! If we win we could get £120k to help us transform this space into a great city park. 

    Also please reblog and spread the word- here, on facebook, by email, word of mouth, anything will help~ You can also vote on multiple devices like your laptop, phone, ipad etc. 

    THANKS FOR ANY HELP! : ) 

    From my other (England) blog! Please vote and share the link!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Chicken of the woods -  Laetiporus cincinnatus 
Edible mushroom, and it apparently has the same texture and taste of chicken when cooked! I wish I had a local mycologist friend to go mushroom hunting with, then I would actually feel safe collecting these edible ones…

    Chicken of the woods -  Laetiporus cincinnatus 

    Edible mushroom, and it apparently has the same texture and taste of chicken when cooked! I wish I had a local mycologist friend to go mushroom hunting with, then I would actually feel safe collecting these edible ones…

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  5. Sorry for the long hiatus. First I had a roadtrip, then a funeral, then computer issues, and now I’m busy packing to return to Europe. I’ll hopefully get this blog up and running again once I’m settled back in England. Until then here are some fall colours. I can’t believe the leaves are changing already…

    Sorry for the long hiatus. First I had a roadtrip, then a funeral, then computer issues, and now I’m busy packing to return to Europe. I’ll hopefully get this blog up and running again once I’m settled back in England. Until then here are some fall colours. I can’t believe the leaves are changing already…

  6. American toad - Bufo americanus

    American toad - Bufo americanus

    (Source: mildly-lively)

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