Week of April 4th – 10th

We welcomed Academy of Saints Peter and Paul, Cannon Falls Elementary, Lyle School, Bluff View Elementary, MN Association of Environmental Education, Badgersett Hazelnut Short Course, Boy Scout Troop 186, and held a Discover Geocaching seminar.

On Monday, the 6th-8th graders from Academy of Saints Peter and Paul arrived for a trip until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Amphibians, Backcountry Camping, Competitive Orienteering, and East Treetops.

Cannon Falls Elementary brought their 4th graders for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, they were able to participate in Birds, Pioneer Life, Archery, and West Treetops.

The 7th graders of Lyle School arrived on Wednesday. They were able to take Stream Lab, Wildlife Ecology, South Treetops, and Competitive Orienteering before leaving on Friday.

Bluff View Elementary also brought their students for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, the 4th graders were able to experience Archery, Oneota, Pioneer Life, Root River Hike, Beginning Orienteering, and West Treetops.

On Friday, members of the MN Association of Environmental Education came as a part of a field trip from their annual conference to go up on the Treetops courses.

The Badgersett Hazelnut Short Course stayed for the weekend at Eagle Bluff.

The 6th through 12th graders in Boy Scout Troop 186 came on Saturday afternoon to go up on South Treetops.

Eagle Bluff held a Discover Geocaching seminar on Saturday afternoon to get those interested in geocaching some practice.

 

Phenology

  • A Field Sparrow was heard singing.
  • Chipping Sparrows are returning to the area.

    Fox Sparrow by Jim Williams

  • Fox Sparrows are passing through.
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen.
  • American Woodcocks continue their display.
  • More Cedar Waxwing flocks are returning.
  • Double-crested Cormorants were seen here for the first time.
  • Bats were seen over the weekend.
  • House Flies were seen.
  • A Wasp was seen.
  • Thanks to rain and lightning, we now have Green Grass.
  • Bloodroot was seen in bloom.
  • Virginia Waterleaf was seen.
  • Spring Beauties are in bloom.
  • Watercress was seen growing in a local spring.
  • Dutchman’s Breeches leaves were seen.
  • Maple Syruping has come to an end. This was one of our most successful seasons with 13 gallons of syrup made!
  • This past weekend we saw our first Thunderstorms and 80 degree weather.

 

Thought for the Week

“Easter eggs are all different outside but they’re all alike inside.”
from Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The Oneida Indians would dry Scarlet Cup fungus and grind to a powder and apply is as a styptic, particularly to the navels of newborn babies if the cut umbilical cord was not healing properly.

This Week’s Question:
Weighed together, how much can a clutch of eggs of a Ruby-crowned Kinglets weigh?

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