Week of March 28th – April 3rd

We welcomed Heritage Middle School, St. Anne’s School, Community of Peace Academy, and Pacelli Junior High.

On Monday, the 5th graders of Heritage Middle School arrived for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Birds, Oneota, Pioneer Life, Animal Signs, Treetops, and Wildlife Ecology.

The 5th graders of St. Anne’s School arrived on Wednesday. They were able to participate in Wildlife Ecology, Root River Hike, Beginning Orienteering, and Oneota before leaving on Friday.

Community of Peace Academy brought their 6th graders for a Wednesday through Friday trip. While they were here, they took Earth Exploration, GPS Pathfinders, Rock Climbing and Birds.

The 6th – 8th graders of Pacelli Junior High also came to Eagle Bluff for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Archery, Group Challenges, Trees & Keys, Oneota, Wildlife Ecology, Rock Climbing, and East Treetops.

 

Phenology

  • Tufted Titmouse was heard singing.

    Scarlet Cup Fungus

  • A male American Robin was seen chasing a female.
  • A Song Sparrow was heard singing.
  • A Chipping Sparrow was seen in our prairie.
  • Eight American Kestrels were seen.
  • More and more Turkey Vultures are returning to the area.
  • Eastern Phoebes can be heard singing.
  • Another Great Blue Heron was spotted nearby.
  • Nearby in Decorah, IA the Bald Eagle nest that has a webcam had its first eagle chick hatch on early Saturday morning. You can watch it here.
  • Spring Peepers can be heard at our ponds.
  • Western Chorus Frogs can also be heard at our pond.
  • Beaver Chew Marks have been seen.
  • A Red Admiral Butterfly was seen.
  • More Caterpillars are active.
  • One of our staff found a Wood Tick on them.
  • Moths can be seen on windows.
  • There are new Mullen leaves growing.
  • New Shelf Fungus is growing.
  • Scarlet Cup Fungus was found.

 

Thought for the Week

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a  part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”
Anatole France

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The Latin name for the Northern Shrike is Lanius excubitor, which means “butcher watchman.”

This Week’s Question:
What were the medicinal uses of Scarlet Cup Fungus by American Indians?

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