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Phylum: Porifera

The first installment of our first ever miniseries is here–Phylum: Porifera! Sponges are often overlooked aside from Spongebob Squarepants and cleaning. It’s time that changed. Dive into the amazing life history of sponges! What is the phylum? You might remember that from school: Kingdom phylum, class, order, family, genus, species? There’s a lot of ways … Continue reading Phylum: Porifera

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The Wild Life Book Club

This is the official book club of The Wild Life | Blog & Podcast! Each month, we will pick a new nature and wildlife-related book to read together, discuss, ponder, and geek out about! We’re a community, so we’re always welcome to new ideas and suggestions, whether they’re book suggestions, discussion topics, or whatever else they may be!

July 2020| The First Brain

Planarians, a class of flatworm, are extraordinary: they possess the remarkable ability to regenerate lost body parts, including complete regeneration of the nervous system. If cut into pieces, each piece of the planarian can regenerate into a complete organism. They are also unique among invertebrates in that they display addiction-like behaviors to many drugs abused by humans. Because of these distinct neurological traits, the planarian is often used as an animal model in neurological research, being used most recently for developments in neuropharmacology.

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Hike With Us

The Wild Life is working in partnership with HIKEHoppers, a central-MN based non-profit organization whose vision is to connect "people to nature through hiking events, educational learning experiences, and wellness services, in order to support healthier and happier communities."

On the second Saturday of each month, you can join experienced naturalist, nature nerd, and creator/host of The Wild Life, Devon Bowker (@devonthenatureguy), on a series of themed hiking adventures focused on forging connections with, and learning about, the natural world around you. On these hikes, you'll discover the social network of trees, nocturnal life, what wild lives are doing as the seasons change, and how you can become a master birder---even in the dead of winter! Of course, any other questions or curiosities you have along the way are fair game, too!

On occasion, resident hiking expert and tip guru, Chelsea Bowker (@teacherwhohikes) will also be tagging along!

Here is a list of hikes scheduled for the remainder of the year. All hikes are at Stearns County, MN parks.

You can register at

March 14, at 1:00pm - Warner Lake: Leave it to Beavers

April 11, at 1:00pm - Quarry: Earth Day

May 9, at 1:00pm - Kraemer Lake: Tiny Nature

June 13, at 1:00pm - Warner Lake: Dragonfly Discovery

August 12, at 1:00pm - Quarry: Technology & the Outdoors

September 8, at 1:00pm - Rockville: Bugs and Blooms

November 14 Rockville: Hidden Creatures Special Time: 7pm

December 12, at 1:00 pm Warner Lake: How to make a Snowflake