Archive for Scott Moeller

Don’t get burned by Wild Parsnip

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when the increase in temperature is accompanied by a corresponding decrease in your neighbor’s yardwork attire. If you are fortunate, you have the sort of neighbor who looks good in less clothing while operating a vibrating rototiller but the odds are… you don’t. There are many […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

Having entered the doldrums of winter, it is now, more than ever, that we need a holiday to bolster our spirits. Thank goodness Groundhog’s Day is here! Unfortunately, Groundhog’s Day is not nearly as prominent of a holiday as one might think it should be for such a critical time of year. Surely Groundhog’s Day […]

Chorus frog courtship is noisy ‘affair’

The temperature’s rising, the days are getting longer, the buds are swelling, and the critters are emerging from hibernation.  Spring is nearly here, and with it comes the annual performance of the chorus frog (Pseudoacris triseriata).  But, despite the fact that chorus frogs are common statewide, there’s a good chance that you’ve never seen one.  […]

 

Hummingbird Moths, Interpreting the Fall Arboretum Landscape

The following is a submission from a Gustavus student in Dr. Cindy Johnson’s “Interpreting the Fall Landscape” class held in the Arboretum.  Special thanks to Dr. Johnson and her students…..   Hummingbird Moths by Jessica Gold I spotted 4 hummingbird moths in a flower bed on 9/24 at 6:15 pm. They were hovering around the […]

 

Cup Plant — Interpreting the Fall Arboretum Landscape

The following is a submission from a Gustavus student in Dr. Cindy Johnson’s “Interpreting the Fall Landscape” class held in the Arboretum.  Special thanks to Dr. Johnson and her students…..   Cup Plants By Carrie Boike   Cup Plant, Silphium perfoliatum ·         Native to North America ·         Perennial ·         Triangular Toothed Leaf ·          opposite leaf […]

The power of unintended consequences

Last spring, we decided to add a bird feeder to a small garden area outside of the Interpretive Center.  Two or three months ago, a bird at that feeder (through haste or carelessness) dropped a sunflower seed and it started to grow.   When I suggested that we pull it as a weed (after all, it […]

 

Fall color forecast looks good… maybe.

Autumn in Minnesota is a time of cruel ironies. Any Vikings fan can tell you that. One of autumn’s cruelest ironies is that the beauty of autumn is quickly replaced with the general crumminess of winter. And so, we have all learned to appreciate the fleeting beauty of the changing of the autumn leaves while […]