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Best Birdwatching in Years

Arb naturalist Matt Schuth tells us that, because of the recent cooler weather, the warbler migration has stalled in this area, and the birdwatching has been the best in many years.

We have a Cooper's Hawk nesting again this year, and a pair of sandhill cranes has been seen in the wetland as late as Sunday (so we are hoping to get a first-time nesting pair). Many warblers have been sighted, including blackburnian, Northern parula, magnolia and more.

Another recent wildlife sighting: the first Eastern kingbird of the season. Visitors also have been enjoying the croaking of American toads under the Arboretum waterfall.

Matt will lead a one-hour Walk for the Curious this Saturday, May 21,at 8:30 a.m. For more information, or to register: visit http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/walksandfitness.aspx or call (952) 443-1422. 

Photo by Don Olson

Beautiful Blooms

It's what the winter-weary have been waiting for! Visitors have been enjoying the thousands of tulips in the annual garden and around the Visitor Center. Also in bloom: redbud, serviceberry, plums, rhododendron garden and the wildflower garden. The crabapples are blooming, and the iris and lilacs are opening. Trumpet Creeper tram tours daily-tickets on sale at Oswald Visitor Center.

Also: Since the new Bog Boardwalk area has been cleared of invasives, two new species have been found: wild lily of the valley and Northern white violet. And many starry false solomon seal and Northern bog orchids are growing. 

This Weekend

You're invited: Yoga in the Gardens with Gorilla Yogis, Saturday, May 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a free yoga event, but donations are encouraged and will benefit the Arboretum. Takes place across from the Maze Garden. Arrive early and walk or take shuttle out to Maze Garden. Bring your own mat or towel. Free gate admission for yoga participants (during event hours). For more information, visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/yoga.aspx

Spring Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop: Green Heron Pond, Saturday, May 21, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Create plant and animal images. $40 for members, $50 non-members. Register at www.arboretumn.umn.edu/artsdesigncrafts.aspx or call (952) 443-1422.

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Children’s Summer Fun: Summer will be here before you know it. Sign up the kids now for weekly day camps, weekly children’s garden, guided adventures and Pea Pods for Pre-schoolers. Register at www.arboretum.umn.edu/learn.aspx or call (952) 443-1422.

Cooking Class: Want to learn how to mix creative drinks with the fruits of your gardening labors? Then join us Thursday, May 26, for Garden in a Glass with Appetizers cooking class. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Learning Center. $45 members, $55 non-members. To register: www.arboretum.umn.edu/cookingclasses.aspx or call (952) 443-1422.

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