Trumpeter Swans at Crane Lake

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Wild Ginger blooming

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Wild Ginger

This diminutive flower is from the Wild Ginger plant. Asarum canadense is the scientific name and you can see the descriptive word is canadense, which refers to Canada. This is the northern variety of wild ginger.

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Wild Ginger flower

here’s a close up of the flower

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Wild Ginger

If you know the distinctive leave of the plant, you will have no problem finding this wild flower. But as you can see in this photo, the flower usually hangs down and is hard to see by its self.

 

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Bloodroot

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Bloodroot

I’ve never noticed the wildflower, Bloodroot, at Crane Lake before. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right habitat.

Here’s a resource on the internet to identify wildflower in Minnesota: https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/

 

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Wildflowers are blooming

Marsh Marigold

Hepatica

Bloodroot

anyone know?

behind the Voyageur Statue

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Spruce Grouse display flight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNHYfxu-7Yk

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Gray Jay just out of the nest

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juvenile Gray Jay

This morning, this young Gray Jay was out foraging with its parents.

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Gray Jay juvenile

This angle shows the primary and tail feathers that are not fully developed. Gray Jays start nesting in the late winter and their young fledge in early May.

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Park Newspaper

Follow the link to the Rendezvous, Voyageurs National Park’s newspaper. Lots of good information for the visitor.

https://www.nps.gov/voya/learn/news/upload/VOYA_web_2017-Rendezvous-compressed-3.pdf

 

 

 

 

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Volunteer opportunities in the north woods

http://mnnvc.org/

 

 

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Fox Sparrow

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Fox Sparrow

A very cold Fox Sparrow on this snowy day at the end of April.

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Improving Blueberry Habitat

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd539683.pdf

 

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