Species Profile: Moss Campion

By Drew Higgins (Carleton College) Moss Campion (Silene acaulis) Moss-like mats Occurs in rocky, alpine environments Silene acaulis Salverform flowers (composed of united petals forming a tube that spreads at the open end) Cushion of moss (also called “cushion pink”) Aromatic flowers like lilac Moist but well-drained areas Pink, lilac, or purple flowers Inserts long woody…

Species Profile: Porcupine

By Sawyer Hill (Westminster College)   The Perpetually Plodding Porcupine   This large rodent of the Erethizontidae Family, plods through forest, shrublands, and tundra so purposefully.   The “quill pig” also known as Erethizon dorsatum is covered in thousands of quills and then some.   The quills of these slow moving, near-sighted herbivores can be…