Tools of the Phenology Trade
Calendar: Freshwater Foundation/WCCO Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Engagement Calendar or similar calendar
Magnifying glass and pocketknife: Any kind of knife will do as long as you keep it sharp.
Compact binoculars. Latimer uses a Nikon, but any of several good brands works fine. Seven or eight power magnification is best. Stay away from 10-power or higher. They are too hard to hold still. The larger the front lenses, the more light they will gather.
Field guides: Latimer’s list:
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Lawrence Newcomb, Little, Brown
Northland Wildflowers, John B. and Evelyn W. Moyle, University of Minnesota Press
Wildflowers of the Northern Great Plains, J.R. Jowsey, J.S. McLean, University of Minnesota Press
A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Roger Tory Peterson, Houghton Mifflin
The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds,Eastern Region, Knopf
Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods, Larry Weber and Cora Mollen, 2006.
How to Sharpen All Knives
Learn how to sharpen serrated and non-serrated knives, what tools to sharpen them with and the technique used to achieve the finest of edges.
Roast Beef Wrap with Mushrooms Recipe
MAIN STORY Leftover Recipes Become the Cook’s Best Friend Leftover roast beef offers a quick and easy solution with a hearty and healthy roast beef wrap recipe with mushrooms when you’re short on time or just don’t feel like cooking.
Home Meat Curing
In this article about home meat curing, learn how to make summer sausage, snack sticks, homemade salami and even high-temperature cheese.