Week of April 11th – 17th

Red-tailed Hawk by Jim Williams

We welcomed Minnesota Waldorf School, Rushford-Peterson Schools, Tomah Middle School, St. Patrick School, LeRoy-Ostrander Schools, St. Joseph School, St. Jerome School, UW-L Outdoor Education Class, U of M Recreation Trail Design Class.

The 6th graders of Minnesota Waldorf School, arrived on Monday and stayed until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Beginning Orienteering, Earth Exploration, and East Treetops.

Rushford-Peterson Schools arrived on Monday as well with their 5th graders. They were able to participate in Oneota, Group Challenges, East Treetops, and Root River Hike before leaving on Wednesday.

Also coming for a Monday through Wednesday trip were the 6th graders of Tomah Middle School. While they were here, they were able to take Archery, Oneota, Fungus Among Us, GPS Pathfinders, Pond Life, South Treetops, and Pioneer Life.

The 6th graders of St. Patrick School arrived on Wednesday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience GPS Pathfinders, Amphibians, East Treetops, and Pond Life.

LeRoy-Ostrander Schools brought their 8th graders out on Wednesday as well. They were able to take Group Challenges, Wildlife Ecology, East Treetops, and GPS Pathfinders before leaving on Friday.

St. Joseph Schools brought their 5th graders to Eagle Bluff for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to participate in Birds, Trees & Keys, Beginning Orienteering, and West Treetops.

The 6th – 8th graders of St. Jerome Schools were able to come Wednesday through Friday as well. While they were here, they were able to experience Pioneer Life, Beginning Orienteering, East Treetops, Fungus Among Us, GPS Pathfinders, Animal Signs, Oneota, Root River Hike, South Treetops, Amphibians, Archery, and Rock Climbing.

A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Outdoor Education Class was able to come out on Thursday afternoon for a tour and to observe some classes.

A group of students from the University of Minnesota Recreational Trail Design Class stayed at Eagle Bluff over the weekend and held some meetings, went up on East Treetops, and had a possible Bobcat sighting.


  • A Red-winged Blackbird was seen mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk.

    Tree Swallow by Jim Williams

  • An Eastern Towhee was seen.
  • Someone spotted a Brown Thrasher.
  • A Tree Swallow was seen.
  • Ferns were seen growing.
  • Trout Lily leaves are starting to pop up.
  • Spring Beauty is still in bloom.
  • Blood Root can be seen.
  • Hepatica leaves can be seen.
  • Someone saw some Rue Anemone leaves in the area.
  • Bedstraw is starting to pop up.
  • Western Chorus Frogs can be heard calling.
  • A Green Darner Dragonfly was seen.
  • Red Admiral Butterflies were seen.
  • Along with seeing some amazing Spring Phenology, we also saw Snow!

Thought for the Week

“The poetry of the Earth is never dead.”
John Keats

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Even though the eggs of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet only way about 0.65g each, an entire clutch of eggs can weigh as much as the female (5-10g). That’s a lot of eggs!

This Week’s Question:
The Tree Swallow will use feathers from other birds in its nest. What are the purposes of that design?


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