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 April 23, 2003 - Wildflowers of the Northwoods and BWCA

This report is written by Lorraine Anderson ( She is part of a group of three seniors that have been looking at wildflowers in Cook County, Minnesota. They have gone out almost every Wednesday for over 20 years and love it, even in the winter. But of course there aren't any flowers in the winter!!

Blooms we will soon see on Bunchberries and Wild Lily of the Valley, photo by Erik W. L. Anderson

It was a beautiful, warm sunny day. The trees have not budded yet but the popple twigs seem to be changing color. The lakes are still frozen and there are even some ice floats on Lake Superior, which is unusual.
We went on Devil Track Road, right on Ball Club and found a new, wonderful road off to the left and took it. There were electric lines strung and we found a gate quite a ways in saying that it was the entrance to Thoreson's gravel pit. Then back to Ball Club Road and found a wonderful stand of Bearberry. At the next small road off to the right we spied a moose. We watched it and it watched us. What an unbelievably large animal it is to travel through our heavy woods. Then to Junco River parking lot and down the trail to Junco Lake. We found a number of plants that were evergreen, including - Pipsissewa, Strawberry, Bunchberry and Linnea. Then to Trestle Pine Road where we saw some more evergreen plants: Running Club Moss, and Goldthread. We saw the old railroad trestle and a beautiful hillside with a few small stalks of red berries that were seeds for the Wild Lily-of-the-Valley. Strange, but it was a surprise to see so many flowers that keep their green leaves all winter.
We ate at Two Island campground and had a wiener roast and cooked marshmallows. That was a nice way to end a perfect day.

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April 30, 2003

April 23, 2003


2004 Wildflower Reports:

September 1st, 2004

August 25th, 2004

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August 4th, 2004

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July 8th - 11th, 2004

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June 30th, 2004

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June 23rd, 2004

June 16th, 2004

June 9th 2004

June 2nd, 2004

May 26th, 2004

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May 19th 2004

May 12th, 2004

May 5th, 2004


2006 Wildflower Reports:

August 16th, 2006

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August 2nd, 2006

July 26th, 2006

July 19th, 2006

July 12th, 2006

July 5th, 2006

June 21st, 2006

June 28th, 2006

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