Week of March 21st – 27th

We welcomed Saxentorp Tours, Fillmore County Public Health, Medford Schools, Creative Alternatives Program, Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools, Associated Church, Freeborn County 4-H, and Holy Trinity Church.

Farmers from Sweden of Saxentorp Tours arrived on Monday as a part of their tour of the area farms to go up on East Treetops.

Fillmore County Public Health brought students from the county schools to hold seminars on health-related topics on Monday and Tuesday.

Medford Schools brought their 6th graders to Eagle Bluff for a Monday through Wednesday trip. While they were here, they were able to experience East Treetops, Animal signs, GPS Pathfinders, and Pioneer Life.

The 6th – 12th graders of the Creative Alternatives Program arrived on Wednesday and stayed until Friday. While they were here, they were able to participate in Archery, GPS Pathfinders, Archery, and South Treetops.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools also arrived on Wednesday. The 5th graders were able to take Oneota, Pioneer Life, Animal Signs, Root River Hike, and Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Associated Church arrived with their 9th graders for an afternoon of East Treetops on Saturday.

Freeborn County 4-H stayed at Eagle Bluff for the Weekend and experienced Group Challenges and South Treetops.

The 10th graders of Holy Trinity Church came on Sunday for an afternoon of Group Challenges.

 

Phenology

  • A Northern Shrike was seen in our prairie.

    Northern Shrike

  • A Kettle of Turkey Vultures was seen above Eagle Bluff.
  • A group of Tundra Swans was seen flying north.
  • An Osprey was seen near the Root River.
  • A Male Northern Harrier was seen in the area hunting.
  • Brown-headed Cowbirds are starting to return.
  • A Great Blue Heron was seen near Chatfield, MN.
  • A pair of American Kestrels was seen.
  • Evidence of a Tom Turkey performing its mating display was found.
  • Wood Ducks are back.
  • A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel was seen.
  • There are reports of Fox Kits in Rochester, MN.
  • A Leopard Frog was heard calling.
  • Wild Parsnip leaves have been spotted.
  • The first flower to be seen in bloom is the Crocus.

 

Thought for the Week

“Birds have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.”
Roger Tory Peterson

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The Merlin (a type of falcon) gets its name, not from the wizard, but from the word esmerillon, referring to a female bird in falconry.

This Week’s Question:
The Latin name for the Northern Shrike is Lanius excubitor. What does it mean?

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