Boreal Forest

deer

White-Tailed Deer

Herds of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are one of the most commonly seen wild animals in the US. They have been able to survive even though humans have taken over much of their land. Deer are part of the Cervidae family which also includes moose and elk. Where do Odocoileus virginianus live? White-tails are found […]

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grouse

Ruffed Grouse

What do ruffed grouse look like? Grouse come in two different color phases- red and gray. The grouse found in the Border Country are mostly gray. Their tail feathers have a black stripe at the end of the feathers with gray tips. They have black feathers along the sides of their necks which they can

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pine marten

Pine Marten

Did you know that Pine Martens are in the mustelid or weasel-like mammal family? Martens are related to mink, otters, badgers, wolverines, weasels, and skunks. What do martens look like? Pine martens are very agile and can climb high up in the tree tops. They are slender with a pointed face and a bushy tail.

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Tamarack

How big are tamarack? Tamarack can grow to about 80 feet tall and 18 inches in diameter. How long do tamarack live? Tamarack usually live about 150 years. What do their leaves look like? Tamarack do not have leaves, they have needles. Their needles grow in bunches of 15 to 60 needles each. Each needle

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Red Pine

How big are red pine? Red pine usually grow to be about 80 feet tall and 30 inches in diameter. However the largest in Minnesota is 120 feet tall and two grown people can barely get there hands to touch when they hug the tree! How long do red pine live? Red pine usually live

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