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Skunk cabbage

Skunk cabbage

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The End of Winter

Lichen on tree trunks may not be a sign of winter turning to spring, but they are more noticeable at this time of year. Some lilacs and yellowwood trees were …

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Vernal witchhazel

Winter Sampler

For the two dozen or so people who came to the Arboretum for Sunday’s guided tour, it turned out to be more of an early spring sampler. Unseasonably warm temperatures …

Turkey foraging in Longenecker Horticultural Gardens

Animals in Winter

On an unseasonably warm day for this time of year in Wisconsin, our group enjoyed an Arboretum hike in 40-degree weather. The sun was shining, too, so we really lucked …

Black-capped chickadee

Winter Birds

On a 30-degree sunny afternoon with light wind, about 20 people showed up at the Visitor Center for the Winter Birds tour. Owls and woodpeckers from our display collection were …

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