Just today I noticed how many different types of plants and wildlife are emerging for the summer.
Here is a Jack Pine tree that is outside our Nature Center. It is just amazing to see how much candling has happened so far this season. Candling is the new growth at the tips of branches that typically points upward and resembles a candle sitting on the branch.
We have seen a few painted turtle hatchlings on property making the journey back to the water.
Here is the new addition to the wildlife scene at Chik-Wauk. You can view some of these photos on our website at www.chikwauk.com. In this picture the baby is only 5 days old.
I have had plenty of visitors come in and mention they have been seeing moose on their drive up to the Museum. Some with new born calves.
This is definitely the time to come up and take a drive on the Gunflint Trail. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture that new born baby moose walking next to her mother or a sow with her cubs. Just make sure you give the parents plenty of room with their young ones.
Take the extra time to stop in at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center this season. We are open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. The Museum this year has a special exhibit on the Ham Lake Fire of 2007. In the Nature Center there is always something new to observe each day.