Week of February 21st – 27th

We held our first annual Open Rock Climbing event, and we welcomed Springfield Elementary, Olson Middle School, Highland Park Jr. High, and Planned Parenthood Teen Council.

On President’s Day, we held an Open Rock Climbing event where lots of families came out to climb on our indoor climbing wall.

Springfield Elementary arrived on Wednesday with their 6th graders. They were able to experience Cross Country Skiing, Winter Survival, Big Freeze, and West Treetops before leaving on Friday.

The 6th graders of Olson Middle School arrived on Wednesday and stayed until Friday. While they were here, they participated in Wildlife Ecology, East Treetops, Trees & Keys, and Snowshoeing.

Highland Park Jr. High also came to Eagle Bluff for a Wednesday through Friday trip. While they were here, they took Group Challenges, Oneota, Animal Signs, Rock Climbing, and Treetops.

The Planned Parenthood Teen Council came for the weekend and took Group Challenges and went up on East Treetops.

Phenology

Mink

  • American Kestrels are around the area. One was seen helicoptering (hovering) before diving down to catch some prey.
  • Bald Eagles have begun to lay their eggs.
  • There’s No Ice on the Root River near Rushford, MN.
  • An Opossum was seen in the area.
  • A Mink was seen near our luggage racks.
  • A Red Fox was seen near Lanesboro.

Thought for the Week

Thousands of nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating  rivers, but as fountains of life.
John Muir

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Canada Geese are drawn to lawns because they can digest the grass and when they are feeding with their young, the manicured lawn provide an unobstructed view of any approaching predators. That’s they also frequent parks, airports, and golf courses.

This Week’s Question:
At what age do American Crows begin breeding?

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