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We often hear reminders to watch for zebra mussels in our lakes, but this summer there’s another, lesser-known bivalve to keep your eyes out for: the invasive freshwater golden clam.
Pollinators are the glue holding our food system together and key connectors between the plant and animal world. This National Pollinators Week, learn how pollinators can help us appreciate and support our connections to the diversity of the natural world and each other.
Wild violets come in over 100 different varieties. Although they all are edible, some are more palatable than others. Learn how to identify, harvest and eat wild violet, as well as the indigenous philosophy of the plant.
Our new blog series will introduce you to a host of wild-grown edible plants and talk about the importance of proper identification, sustainability and etiquette when bringing them to your table. This week we focus on the many uses of cattails.
Oak savanna has lost over 99% of its historic range—how can we restore this imperiled ecosystem? Discover a research project that is looking into silvopasture as a potential solution, and how partnering with Extension gives this fix a fighting chance.
Looking for ways to keep yourself busy this winter? Once a week for the next 12 weeks we will share a new nature activity for you to try, and we're kicking it off with owling!
Trees that are stressed from drought, poor planting practices, or other factors are more likely to suffer from needle cast.
As spring progresses and we follow Governor Walz’s #StayHomeMN order, many people are looking for ways to get outdoors and attract wildlife, particularly pollinators, to their yards and gardens. Luckily, UMN Extension and the UMN Bee Lab are ready for you!
A review of what you need to know for getting outdoors safely and what the stay-at-home order means for outdoor recreation.
Several invasive plants are early to emerge in Minnesota. Learn how reporting invasive species works, what to look for and how you can help.
A good pair of binoculars can help you tune in to nature and observe the plants, birds and other animals you see around your neighborhood. Whether you are dusting off your old pair of binoculars, borrowing or buying some, there are some issues and adjustments to keep in mind.
Fall and spring are good times to plant trees, providing you water and care for them as needed. Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension urban forester give recommendations on which ones to plant.
University of Minnesota Extension is bringing awareness to black swallow-wort, Cynanchum louiseae, an invasive plant originally brought to the U.S. from Europe as an ornamental vine. The plant presents a problem for monarch butterflies, which already face challenges to their survival, and it threatens natural areas.
Did you know that trees can be incorporated in many agricultural systems? The intentional integration of trees or shrubs with crops and animals in the same area is called agroforestry, and it results in a more diverse agricultural operation, increased profits, and conservation habitat improvement.
The rusty patched bumble bee was once found all across the eastern US and Upper Midwest. Now it is an endangered species. Extension Educator Elaine Evans is working to change that.