Week of May 2nd – 8th

Red-tailed Hawk by Jim Williams

We welcomed Grand Meadow 4th Grade, Lewiston-Altura Schools, Southland Schools, Grand Meadow 6th Grade, Central Intermediate, and held Mother’s Day Brunch.

Grand Meadow Schools brought their 4th graders on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Beginning Orienteering, Stream Lab, Oneota, and West Treetops.

The 5th graders of Lewiston-Altura Schools also visited Eagle Bluff from Monday through Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to participate in Wildlife Ecology, Root River Hike, Pond Life, and East Treetops.

Southland Schools arrived on Monday with their 7th graders. They were able to take Stream Lab, Group Challenges, South Treetops, and Oneota before leaving on Wednesday.

The 6th graders of Grand Meadow Schools came on Wednesday for a trip until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Root River Hike, Fungus Among Us, Karst Geology, and Rock Climbing.

Central Intermediate School also came for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, the 5th graders were able to participate in Group Challenges, Oneota, Pioneer Life, Backcountry Camping, Earth Exploration, GPS Pathfinders, Wildlife Ecology, and Treetops.

Eagle Bluff held its annual Mother’s Day Brunch. Sunday was a lovely day to come spend eating good food and spending time with your mother.

Phenology

  • A Summer Tanagerwas seen at Eagle Bluff. They are an unusual species to see this far north.

    Summer Tanager

  • A Red-tailed Hawk nest was seen between Eagle Bluff and Preston, MN.
  • A Broad-winged Hawk was seen flying over our large pond.
  • Chimney Swifts continue to fly around Lanesboro.
  • A House Finch nest was found and it had chicks in it.
  • An American Robin nest was found and contained 3 eggs.
  • Female Red-winged Blackbirds have begun to return.
  • A Common Yellowthroat was heard singing.
  • Indigo Buntings are returning.
  • Baltimore Orioles are back in full force.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds continue to return.
  • Male American Goldfinches are bright yellow.
  • Northern Leopard Frogs continue to call at night.
  • A Mink was found underneath someones car.
  • A Little Brown Bat was seen flying over the large pond at Eagle Bluff at 2:00pm
  • Spearmint was seen growing.
  • Jack in the Pulpit is growing.
  • Common Belwort was seen in bloom.

Thought for the Week

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”
H.G. Wells

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The Golden Eagle mainly preys on rabbits, hares, ground squirrels, and prairie dogs even though they are capable of killing larger prey like cranes, wild ungulates, and domestic livestock.

This Week’s Question:
What do Summer Tanager’s eat?

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