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Stone: Beware the false morels
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A birch twig tinkled musically in my spokes as I cruised along a mountain bike trail on opening day. Winter winds had sprinkled debris liberally over the ground, and one stick or another was caught noisily in my wheel for most of the ride. Peepers and …

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Stone: Queen bees of spring
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The gentle sound of waves lapping at the shore tugged me toward the lake. Finally, the last sheets of ice in my little bay had melted away under the persistent caress of a warm breeze. Late afternoon sunshine prickled the back of my neck. A dead branch …

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Stone: Anticipating the frog chorus
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During the fickle days of early spring, my emotions seem to rise and fall in sync with sap in the maple trees. I get kind of grumpy when the mornings dawn damp and cool and the tracks on the ski trails sink dejectedly into the slush. After the extended …

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Stone: Porcupines are a prickly botanist
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A dozen adults hunched over tables examining bare twigs with borrowed hand lenses. Back and forth they looked, between the dichotomous key and their specimen. Did it have one or three bud scales? Or more than five bud scales? Was the pith of the twig …

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Stone: Spring fever isn't just for humans
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I could not believe the traffic on my driveway this morning. The woods were suspiciously quiet by the time I strolled along it, but the light dusting of fresh snow recorded the secrets of a busy night. Red fox tracks—about two inches long and sporting …

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Stone: Snow fleas on the move
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Late afternoon sunshine flooded through an aspen grove as we chugged up a hill on the Hartley Nature Center ski trails in Duluth. The warmth of a January thaw still hung in the air, and we paused to bask in the glow at the summit. A sprinkling of …

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Stone: Check out Cable Museum's Virtual Exhibit
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opened May 1, 2015, and will remain open until March 2016. Find us on the web at www.cablemuseum.org to learn more about our exhibits and programs. Discover us on Facebook, or at our blogspot, http://cablemuseumnaturalconnections.blogspot.com.

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Stone: Becoming a scatologist
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opened May 1, 2015, and will remain open until March 2016. Find us on the web at www.cablemuseum.org to learn more about our exhibits and programs. Discover us on Facebook, or at our blogspot, http://cablemuseumnaturalconnections.blogspot.com.

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