Week of March 14th – 20th

We welcomed St. Helena School, Pinewood Elementary, Valley View Middle School and held a Maple Syruping Seminar.

The 7th and 8th graders of St. Helena arrived on Monday and stayed until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Winter Survival, Wildlife Ecology, and East Treetops.

Pinewood Elementary also brought their 5th graders for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, they were able to participate in Oneota, Earth Exploration, Beginning Orienteering, Treetops, and Animal Signs.

The 6th graders of Valley View Middle School arrived on Wednesday in two groups; Cobalt and Stars. They were able to take Oneota, Pioneer Life, Animal Signs GPS Pathfinders, Wildlife Ecology, Treetops, Earth Exploration, and Trees & Keys before leaving on Friday.

On Saturday, Eagle Bluff held a Maple Syruping Seminar where about 20 people came to learn about the syruping process and start it at home.

 

Phenology

  • Turkey Vultures have returned to Eagle Bluff.

    Sandhill Crane by Jim Williams

  • A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen chasing a Woodpecker.
  • Groups of Sandhill Cranes have been flying over.
  • A Merlin was seen flying.
  • A Brown Creeper was seen.
  • A Tufted Titmouse was heard singing.
  • A Red-tailed Hawk was seen carrying nesting material.
  • A Killdeer was spotted.
  • An American Woodcock was seen performing its mating dance.
  • A Belted Kingfisher was seen.
  • Common Grackles have returned.
  • Male Red-winged Blackbirds have returned.
  • American Robins are making nests.
  • More Eastern Bluebirds have been seen.
  • There is less traffic at bird feeders.
  • An Eastern Chipmunk was seen.
  • Mullen leaves have sprouted.
  • A Wood Tick was found on a dog.

 

Thought for the Week

“Make good life choices.”
former Eagle Bluff naturalist Molly Check

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Turkey Vulture poop, or “mutes”, like all bird poop has 2 parts, the dark fecal matter and the white part which is uric acid. The uric acid of Turkey Vultures is so strong that it kills bacteria.

This Week’s Question:
Where does the Merlin get its name?

 

Welcome Spring!

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