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Alder Thicket

 

Alder

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The natural history of the northwoods

Classification

  • Province: Laurentian Mixed Forest
    • Section: Northern Superior Uplands
      • Subsection: Border Lakes
  • System: Fire Dependent Woodland

Description:

  • The Alder/Willow Wetland, about 2.5% of the BWCAW by surface area
  • Slow moving subsurface water with dense, nearly impenetrable cover of tall shrubs
  • Signature Species

Indicator
Species:

Trees

Shrubs

Herbs

  • White Panicled Aster, Aster lanceolatus
  • Bluejoint Reedgrass, Calamagrostis canadensis
  • Marsh Bellflower, Campanula aparinoides
  • Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium maculatum
  • Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum
  • Sensitive Fern, Onoclea sensibilis
  • Arrowleaf Tearthumb, Polygonatum sagittatum
  • Green Bulrush, Scirpus atrovirens
  • Marsh Fern, Thelypteris palustris

Landform & Topography:

Soils & Hydrology:

Identification:

  • The Alder/Willow Wetland, about 2.5% of the BWCAW by surface area
  • Slow moving subsurface water with dense, nearly impenetrable cover of tall shrubs
  • Signature Species
  • Spruce Grouse, Dendragapus canadensis
  • Woodcock, Scolopax minor
  • Alder Flycatcher, Empidonax alnorum
  • Philadelphia Vireo, Vireo philadelphicus
  • Wilson's Warbler, Wilsonia pusilla
  • Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia
  • Common Yellowthroat Warbler, Geothlypsis tricha
  • Mourning Warbler, Oporornis philadelphia
  • Palm Warbler, Dendroica palmarumi
  • American Goldfinch, Carduelis trista
  • Pine Siskin, Carduelis pinus
  • Common Redpoll, Carduelis flammea
  • Moose, Alces alces
  • Snowshoe Hare, Lepus americanus
  • Muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus
  • White-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus
  • Beaver, Castor canadensis
  • Masked Shrew, Sorex cinereus

Natural
History

  • History

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Communities:

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Last updated on 30 June, 2004