Week of April 18th – 24th

Mink

We welcomed Franklin Elementary, Willowwind School, and Kenwood Elementary.

The 5th graders of Franklin Elementary arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Beginning Orienteering, Forest Ecology, Animal Signs, and West Treetops.

Willowwind School also arrived on Monday. The 5th and 6th graders were able to participate in Rock Climbing, Group Challenges, Amphibians, Beginning Orienteering, and Root River Hike before leaving on Thursday.

Kenwood Elementary also brought their 5th graders for a Monday through Thursday visit. While they were here, they were able to take Birds, Fungus Among Us, East Treetops, Rock Climbing, Pioneer Life, and Stream Lab.

Phenology

  • Yellow-rumped Warblershave been seen at Eagle Bluff.

    Yellow-rumped Warbler by Jim Williams

  • An Eastern Meadowlark was seen in the area.
  • An Eastern Phoebe is building a nest on one of our buildings.
  • A male Common Grackle was seen performing a courtship display.
  • A Brown-headed Cowbird was seen.
  • White-throated Sparrows are in the area.
  • A White-crowned Sparrow was seen.
  • Field Sparrows can be heard singing.
  • Baltimore Orioles are starting to come back, so get your grape jelly and orange slices ready!
  • A Northern Goshawk was seen above one of our fields.
  • A Bumblebee was seen.
  • Bloodroot is in bloom.
  • Wild Ginger was also seen in Bloom.
  • Also in bloom are Virginia Bluebells.
  • Dutchman’s Breeches are peaking right now, so check them out!
  • A type of Buttercup was seen in bloom.
  • Daffodils‘ are in bloom in people’s yards.
  • A Red Fox was seen running on the side of the road.
  • A Mink was seen by the Root River.

Thought for the Week

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”
Author unknown

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Feathers in the Tree Swallow’s nest provide warmth for them to grow faster and help keep the amount of mites in the nest to a minimum.

This Week’s Question:
The mink is a member of the weasel family, what are the other members of the weasel family native to Minnesota?

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