Archive for Emily Hoefs

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October Fireside Chat

On the last Friday in October, community members gathered around the blazing fireplace in the Lind Interpretive Center to chat with Provost Mary Morton. We discussed the role of the Provost at Gustavus, and the planning Mary works on to help the vision and goals of Gustavus become a reality. It was truly a great […]

Cleaning Up the Pond

On October 17th, the Conservation Biology class pitched in their hard work, expertise, and passion for the environment to help the Linnaeus Arboretum give the Teaching Pond a bit of a face lift. In about two hours, the class was able to remove all of the willows that had invaded the banks of the pond […]

Volunteer Day a Huge Success

The volunteer day held on Saturday, October 6th was a huge success. Over 40 volunteers from the Friends of the Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus employees, and various student organizations gathered to remove the Chinese elm found throughout the arboretum. All will be happy to hear that the arboretum is now looking much better due to the […]

Scarecrow Contest in the Arb

As part of the homecoming week activities, the Linnaeus Arboretum hosted the 2nd annual Fall Fest Scarecrow Building Contest. Offices, departments, and organizations were invited to participate in this fun filled event. Ten offices and organizations partook in the fun : Church Relations, Deltas, Sigmas, Tri-Beta, Dining Service, Dance Team, Gymnastics, Post Office, Peer Assistants, […]

Arboretum Poetry

A member of the Interpreting the Fall Landscape course held in the Linnaeus Arboretum wrote a very clever piece of poetry that I thought appropriate to share. Roses are red, and violets are blue, I knew that already, but here’s something new. Roses are white, yellow, and pink, There are over 100 species, I think. […]

Hawk Watching with Bob

Here are the results from hawk-watching on September 25th. I did two observation periods:the first from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, and the second from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. Turkey Vulture: 11 Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2 Broad-winged Hawk: 5 Red-tailed Hawk: 3 That makes 21 individuals of 4 raptor species. Not bad. Other birds observed migrating: Franklin’s […]

Service Day in the Arboretum

The Arboretum needs your help!!! On Saturday, October 6, the Arboretum will host a Chinese Elm Removal Party! Chinese elm is an alien species that is not native to Minnesota, but which readily seeds in many places where it is not wanted, namely the Linnaeus Arboretum. The elms are abundant and prevent native plants from […]

Birding Club

We had great weather for birding in the Arb this afternoon. We found: American Crow American Robin (hundreds!) Brown Creeper Canada Goose Chipping Sparrow Common Grackle Dark-eyed Junco Eastern Phoebe Field Sparrow Golden-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush House Finch House Sparrow Northern Cardinal Ruby-crowned Kinglet Tree Swallow Join us next Tuesday…it only gets better from here! […]

Spring Birding

This afternoon I took a study break and drove over to Kasota Prairie, across the river from St. Peter. The unusually warm, windy weather seems to have brought quite a few new migrants into our area, including: Song Sparrows Tree Swallows Double-crested Cormorants Turkey Vultures Also at the prairie, Eastern Meadowlarks were back on territory, […]

Volunteers Needed for Linnaeus Symposium

Potential Areas the Arboretum Could Use Your Help During the Linnaeus Symposium: 1. Helping Host the Interpretive Center in the Arboretum throughout the day 2. Serve as an Usher/Greeter during presentations, dance, special meals 3. Assist with the Registration Table 4. Attend the panel discussion and bring with you lots of great questions 5. Assist […]