Posted by: Phil DeLong | May 9, 2014

Wildlife Candids

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Our Lowenwood campus is, by any measure, a beautiful, fascinating place to study, work, and play. The 1,200 acre campus includes eight lakes, rich bogs, forests of northern hardwoods, and a restored prairie. Nearly 20 miles of trails provide ready access for exploring the richness of this special corner of the northwoods.

Wildlife, quite often, will do their best to avoid interactions with humans, so it can take some patience and study to view certain animals. Our staff and students excitedly share observations of animal sign, such as tracks and scat, as clues to what’s going on in the forest outside of our view. Observing, recording, and studying wildlife activity and patterns can reveal helpful information about the health and vitality of any piece of property, so we pay close attention to such activity. To help in this effort, one group of students, as part of their Stewardship class, record their observations of wildlife activity on campus. Among other things, the group places trail cameras in areas of notable animal sign, to review during their weekly meeting.

The trail cam photos provide fascinating evidence of the non-human residents of Lowenwood, including those which are most active while we are sleeping, such as wolves, coyotes, and a bobcat. We have much to learn from this land, and from those creatures which inhabit it. These photos provide just one avenue to assist us as we learn.

Phil DeLong
Director of Admissions


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