Week of January 24th – 30th

We welcomed St. Louis Park Junior High and Thomas Lake Elementary.

The 6th graders of St. Louis Park Junior High arrived on Wednesday and stayed until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Pioneer Life, Cross Country Skiing, Animal Signs, Oneota, Big Freeze and Treetops.

On Friday, Thomas Lake Elementary arrived with their 4th graders. They were able to participate in Pioneer Life, animal Signs, West Treetops, Rock Climbing, Oneota, Trees & Keys, Birds, and Big Freeze before leaving on Sunday.

Phenology

  • Snow Buntings were seen along the road.

    Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk by Jim Williams

  • A Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen at some bird feeders hunting.
  • The temperature got to be about 30 degrees on Friday.
  • Ladybugs are becoming more active inside people’s homes.
  • A pair of Great-horned Owls were seen on nearby telephone poles.

Thought for the Week

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
Louisa May Alcott

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The gestation period of the River Otter is 61-63 days, however they have delayed implantation, meaning that after they mate, the fertilized egg goes into dormancy for at least 8 months. After the dormancy period, the fertilized egg will then gestate (61-63 days), and the otter will give birth between February and April, 10-12 months after mating took place.

This Week’s Question:
Where do Snow Buntings build their nests?

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