Category Archives: Crane Lake Area

up north Sharp-tailed Grouse

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Orchid hunting on a rainy day

The weather has been a little unsettled lately, to say the least! So what better way to spend a rainy afternoon than to don a pair of swampers (rubber boots) or better yet, a pair of chest waders, and go … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle on nest

The Eagles have returned to their nest at the Vermilion River Gorge. On Saturday, March 31st the Eagle was sitting on eggs.   Last year the Eagles that used this nest successfully fledged two young Eagles. I assume it is … Continue reading

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Ermine/Weasel

The cutest little critter showed its’ self the other day. It was a Weasel that had changed into his winter coat – and now he’s called an Ermine! He was zipping around getting ready for winter. I watched him as he … Continue reading

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we’re in trouble now…

Canadian Geese have been showing up more and more frequently in the Crane Lake area. Only in the last few years have they begun nesting, historically we would only see Canadian Geese at Crane Lake during migration.

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mis-identified

I had identified this tiny little flower in a earlier post as Twayblade, but it’s actually Naked Mitrewort. I found out as I was looking around at different wildflower websites. Its’ common name is Bishop’s Cap or Naked Bishop’s Cap. … Continue reading

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Conifer Flowers

Tamarack trees have the most beautiful cones. They look like little purple roses. Pine trees get flowers too. They don’t last very long and during this time they release lots of light yellow dusty pollen.

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Wolf’s milk

I posted this photo last week and the caption read “unknown mushrooms”, well, thanks to Kraig, these orange objects aren’t mushrooms at all. According to Wikipedia, it’s actually a slime mold! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycogala_epidendrum Lycogala epidendrum is the scientific name and it … Continue reading

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More Wildflowers

The tiny Starflowers are blooming everywhere. The flowers are actually the little buds in the center of the bracts, which are the big white petals. Several little flowers are blooming in the middle.

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Wildflower update

Not very showy, but this grass is actually a “sedge”, and is growing in abundance at a local bog. It’s going to be another great year for Chokecherry picking. Notice how the berries will form, just like a cluster of … Continue reading

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