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Summer (2008-2009)

081130  Groundhog (last sighting of the season)
2008 Spotted two bucks and several does.

081014 This morning I saw a buck run across the road in front of my car. I had never seen a buck in the wild until then. A week later or so,  I spotted a buck crossing the road twice. Note that A "buck" is a male deer while a "doe" is a female deer. A baby deer is called a "fawn."
080920 Quite a few friendly Garter Snakes (last sighting of the season) during Matt & Julie Nature Walk 蛇

Winter   (frost, ice, snow, icicle)
From January through March we've spotted   ---  Mallard ducks, Canada geese, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, black-capped chickadees (+calls), American crows, rock pigeons, a hare (white), gray squirrels and their nests, a bald eagle nest, many abandoned bird nests

A flock of 30 American robins (first sighting of the season; many people are saying that quite a few robins have stayed in MN during this winter. April, 2009), Catkins appearing on aspen trees (first sighting), and catkins? on magnolia, last year's crabapple fruits

Maple syrup sapping - an advanced technique - & beehives. We couldn't spot barred owls during the walk although Naturalist Julia, Arboretum, had spotted two barred owls on the day before this past Sat., 090307. "She was lucky!" During the walk we spotted several kinds of animal tracks. We often spotted Cranberry bush fruits, which Julia identified for us.  Woodpecker Drumming    - Nature Walk, Arboretum

090207 Turkeys (scats, tracks), white-tailed deer (tracks in snow, scats, beds in snow, blood* by a bed), foxes (tracks), beaver's tree-felling activity, beaver's lodges, mouse tracks in snow, white-footed mouse - winter shelters** using American goldfinch's abandoned nests (white-footed ネズミが、鳥の去年作った巣を改造して冬の家を作り越冬します ), a big abandoned hornet nest, etc.   - Nature Walk, Arboretum
 * Naturalist Julia is saying the blood may be from a deer. The deer could have been attacked by a predator such as coyotes while in the bed. ** We learned from Naturalists Julia & Matt of Arboretum.

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