Announcing Spring

By Mary Beth Pottratz Pussy willows display soft wooly catkins and glint in bright sun against a pale blue sky. Tiny flowers are just starting to appear through silvery fur. These will provide the season’s first sweet nectar. Bees and other pollinators will soon throng to the only feast around this time of year. New…

The Missing Ingredient.

By Richard DeVries Last week the Maple forecast was looking really good. Nighttime temperatures were dipping into the mid-twenties and the daytime highs were well over forty degrees. I predicted we would have great sap flow, but it never came. Just when I think I have it figured out mother nature puts me in my…

Seeking Interest in Nature’s Forms

By Greg Lecker Before setting out on the trails, I stop inside the visitor center to investigate the art exhibits. First, the Arboretum Photographers Society presents the best images of the seasons (Restaurant Gallery through April 5) – putting my best efforts to shame. Next, the Society of Minnesota Sculptors show includes many nature themed…

Sunlight and Snow

By Mary Beth Pottratz A brisk wind rushes in my ears but I refuse to don a hat! Bright sunlight warms me beyond the day’s 44⁰. An azure blue sky is dotted with a few fluffy cumulus clouds. What a welcome change from the gray stratus clouds of winter! Black-capped chickadees are calling from everywhere…