Week of January 17th – 23rd

We welcomed Richfield Middle School and the Hastings Quilters.

The 6th graders of Richfield Middle School arrived on Tuesday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Birds, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Group Challenges, Wildlife Ecology, Earth Exploration, Animal Signs, Winter Pond Lab, Rock Climbing and Treetops.

The Hastings Quilters were here for the weekend and while working on their own quilts, they made an amazing Eagle quilt for Eagle Bluff – Thanks ladies!

 

Phenology

River Otter

  • A Cooper’s Hawk caught a Dark-eyed Junco by some bird feeders in front of 16 6th graders.
  • Bald Eagles were seen clasping talons.
  • A River Otter slide was found down by the Root River.
  • Beaver eat marks were found on tree limbs by the Root River.
  • During an Animal Signs class, Meadow Voles were scared up while hiking through the prairie.

 

Thought for the Week

“You’re expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you dies each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you know there would always be the spring, as you know the river would flow again after it was frozen.”
Ernest Hemingway

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Weeks Question:
A Red-eyed Vireo can sing 20,000 songs in a day.

This Weeks Question:
How long is the gestation period for River Otters?

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