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Last Minute Heaven – one family’s first experience at CWC

Published on Aug 20, 2017   Newbie guests had some classic up north fun at the lake ( vacationing at a historic family Minnesotan vacation resort. Welcome! This is Jen's video clip of her family enjoying some classic resort activities together. Can't wait to see you guys next year!  Mostly I am impressed that you…
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Snapper Stuff

TRIVIA #1:  True or False?   Like all turtles, snappers can hide their heads inside their shells. TRIVIA #2:  What environmental factor determines the sex of a baby snapping turtle? TRIVIA #3:  What turtle was the basis of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is a very popular pet, and is extremely invasive outside its native North…
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What is is a ‘mudbug?’

Crawdads (also known around the United States as “crayfish”, “crawfish”, “mudbugs”, “yabbies”) GUESS THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BEFORE READING FURTHER (answers at bottom) TRIVIA #1:  Do crayfish swim forwards or backwards? TRIVIA #2:  Crayfish with equal size claws are female or male? TRIVIA #3:  A crayfish will typically DOUBLE it's size with every molt - true…
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Common Loon Factoids

(Listen to Loon Calls - click here) It takes a loon almost a mile of running across the surface of a lake to get airborne. Once in the air, it flies rapidly, with up to 250 wing beats per minute. Loons have been clocked at speeds up to 80 mph. (In comparison, ducks average 45-60…
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A group of ducks is called a what?

A group of ducks can be called a raft of ducks, a team of ducks, or a paddling of ducks. [caption id="attachment_7003" align="alignright" width="400"] Wood Ducks at the Northern Pike Rearing Pond at CWC[/caption] All ducks have highly waterproof feathers as a result of an intricate feather structure and a waxy coating that is spread…
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Poison Ivy Identification

Poison Ivy Urushiol, the oil from the poison ivy plants that causes the allergic reaction, can stay active on any surface for up to five years. These surfaces could include gardening tools, clothing, and dead plants. "Leaves of three, let them be" is a common rhyme that works with poison ivy, but not with poison…
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Green Heron

(Listen to Green Heron calls - click here) Green Heron: The green heron is relatively small; adult body is about 17 inches. Adults have a glossy, greenish-black cap, a greenish back and wings that are grey-black grading into green or blue, a chestnut neck with a white line down the front, grey underparts and short…
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Frogs Calls

Listen to 8 kinds of Minnesota frogs - click here Q: What's green green green green green? A: A frog rolling down a hill   Toads and frogs  are collectively known as anurans--tailless amphibians. The 14 species of toads and frogs found in Minnesota are grouped into three families: toads, treefrogs, and true frogs. All…
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Spider Facts

Spider Facts Spiders are not insects.  Insects have three body parts and six legs.  Spiders have eight legs and two body parts, the abdomen and the thorax. Spiders have silk spinning glands called spinnerets, at the tip of their abdomen. Not all spiders spin webs. Spiders belong to the Arachnid family. There are more than…
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