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    Conservation Partner Spotlight: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs

Conservation Partner Spotlight: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs

Prior to rapid urban and agricultural development in North America during the 19th century, freshwater mussels were as common as pebbles in any of Minnesota’s babbling brooks.

“There were places you couldn’t put your foot down in a river without stepping on one. It was like a cobblestone road paved with mussels,” says Mike Davis, […]

Field Journal: Head-start wood turtles

After a long winter under ice and mud, Minnesota’s turtles emerge with the first warm rays of spring sun. It is also at this time that Minnesota Zoo Conservation staff gear up for the coming busy field season.

For Conservation Biologist Dr. Tricia Markle, this means frequent trips away from the Zoo to check on […]

Friday, May 21, 2021|Conservation, In The Field, Turtles|

Animal Facts: Canada Lynx

The Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) is well suited for the living in the snow and here at the Minnesota Zoo. Their long legs allow them to stay above snow drifts, large furry feet act as snowshoes, and their extra-thick fur keeps them warm as well as silent in the wild. Lynx fur can also […]

Thursday, April 2, 2015|Animal, Medtronic Minnesota Trail|

White-Tailed Deer Parasites Threaten Minnesota’s Moose

By Dr. Tara Harris, Vice President for Conservation, Minnesota Zoo

Fresh deer pellets were collected off the top of snow in late winter.A deer poops in the forest.  It happens all the time and you probably haven’t given it much thought!  But this deer poop […]

City Rabbits and Suburban Turkeys

This past March, we announced a new collaboration between the Minnesota Zoo’s BioDiscovery Project and the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute. Katie Talbott, Coordinator for the BioDiscovery Project, has an update on their trail camera project!

Along with gray squirrels, wild turkeys, like the male above, [...]
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Plant For Pollinators

Could you live a world without chocolate? Can you imagine autumn in Minnesota without Halloween pumpkins or family weekends picking apples at your local orchard?  Did you have blueberries in your morning cereal?  Tomatoes in your sandwich? Would you make it to work on time every morning if coffee was 30% more expensive?

The Wild Face of Climate Change: Moose

The North American moose is seen by many as an iconic symbol of Minnesota’s North Woods. But around the world, moose at the southern edge of their range are disappearing. Minnesota is one of the first places in which this decline was documented. Scientists are still working to understand what is causing the decline […]

NEW Lynx Kittens 2014

All together now, “Awwww….” The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce the addition of four [adorable] Canada lynx kittens, born on Tuesday, May 6 along the Medtronic Minnesota Trail! They are currently being cared for by their mom behind the scenes and will more than likely make a public debut in August 2014, when they […]