Emily Stone


Natural Connections - birds, animals, habitats

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Thu. Jun. 12th, 2014

Field Trip!

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) These second graders are not yet practiced at speed reading while walking, and B) They were probably much too excited at getting off the bus to start their field trip to remember anything they might have read outside! I can’t say I blame them.

Thu. Jun. 5th, 2014

The Toads Wake Trilling

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Every spring, warming temperatures and longer days trigger those warty brown critters to try their hand at romance.

Thu. May. 29th, 2014

Wildflower Walk

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The hike to Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome (also called Old Baldy by locals) in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has become a springtime ritual for me.

Thu. May. 22nd, 2014

Bird Muscles and Migration

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“What makes aerobic exercise so powerful is that it’s our evolutionary method of generating that spark,” according to Dr. John Ratey. “It lights a fire on every level of your brain…”

Thu. May. 15th, 2014

Risk and Consequence

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Wilderness medicine isn’t all about broken bones and serious accidents, though. Much of our class has been about determining if an ailment is serious or not serious, and making sure the minor things stay that way.

Thu. May. 8th, 2014


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I have to admire willow for its tenacity. It blooms when there is still snow on the ground, lives where its feet are continuously wet, thrives even in marginal soils, and grows back with renewed vigor

Thu. May. 1st, 2014


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Red-winged blackbirds gurgled and trilled their early spring song that is so energetic it seems to cause ice to melt and streams to flow.

Thu. Apr. 24th, 2014

Turkey Vultures

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Most people probably don’t associate these drab, brownish-black scavengers with spring--or even realize that vultures may have flown as far as South America for the winter

Thu. Apr. 17th, 2014

The excitement of spring

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Outside, a similar transformation is taking place. Bright sunshine and warm winds deconstruct winter’s snowdrifts. Eagles and osprey return as the rivers and lakes open up

Thu. Apr. 10th, 2014

The balance of fire and ice

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Early spring is a time of shifting balance. The ice, which had been winning the battle for months, finally starts to weaken in the face of an intensifying sun.

Thu. Apr. 3rd, 2014

The Black-Masked Bandit

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Well, that stopped me in my tracks. “Are you serious!?” I called back, nearly bursting with excitement. “That’s awesome!”

Thu. Mar. 27th, 2014

A Snowshoe Field Trip

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My question “what do bears eat?” brought many answers. “Humans?” Well, no, but berries, fish, honey, insects, deer (fawns), seeds, and garbage to name a few.

Thu. Mar. 20th, 2014

Great Horned Owls

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I usually hear great horned owls in early winter, as they form pair-bonds and defend territories in preparation for nesting season. These large owls don’t build their own nests, but take over nests made by crows, squirrels, hawks, or herons

Thu. Mar. 13th, 2014

A walk through the summer woods

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Soon we emerge from the deep shade of the forest into an emerald green field. Wild roses bramble along the edge between forest and field, the purple canes of blackberries are dusted with five-petaled, snowflake-white flowers.

Thu. Mar. 6th, 2014

Martens and Wind

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 American martens are one of the many creatures that exploit the subnivean microclimate. These small weasels tunnel through the snow to find food, stay warm, and escape predators.

Thu. Feb. 27th, 2014

Treasure Hunt Part 2

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As the Sax-Zim Bog northwest of Duluth gains fame for its unusual avian residents and visitors, human residents and visitors have added bird feeders here and there to increase viewing opportunities.

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2014

Treasure Hunt

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Just minutes before, we’d been scanning the far tree line—convinced that a pile of snow on a branch was the owl we’d been looking for.

Thu. Feb. 13th, 2014

Barred Owls

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The noiseless glide of soft, gray wings caught my eye. Then, stillness. No matter how hard I squinted, I couldn’t resolve the dark shape into a branch and the owl I knew had just landed there.

Thu. Feb. 6th, 2014


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Bright sun sparkled merrily over the rolling hills as I shushed along, working hard to glide over the cold, hard snow. In no time, I’d warmed right up, and my core temperature felt more like July than January.

Fri. Jan. 31st, 2014

An All-Star Nose

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Its times like this I wish I were a mole. Strange, I know, but I don’t mean just any mole. I wish I were a star-nosed mole – because they have the best sense of touch of any mammal.

Thu. Jan. 23rd, 2014


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Five inches of fresh snow, with more dancing in the air, had dissuaded me from skiing, so I strapped the shorter and wider version of winter gear on my feet for an evening walk.

Thu. Jan. 16th, 2014

The Jewels of Summer

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Bitter winds blow across a frozen landscape, but under the ice hide the jewels of summer. Even during an Arctic cold snap, many quick-flowing and spring-fed rivers maintain an open channel of inky current.