Week of May 9th – 15th

Blackburnian Warbler

We welcomed Sheridan Elementary, Creative Arts High School, Dike-New Hartford Jr. High, Longfellow School, Transfiguration Catholic School, St. Hubert School, Westwind Education, and Bloomington Girls.

On Monday, Sheridan Elementary brought their 5th and 6th graders for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Wildlife Ecology, Earth Exploration, Treetops, Fungus Among Us, and Karst Geology.

Creative Arts High School also came for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, the 9th through 12th graders were able to participate in GPS Pathfinders, Pond Life, Root River Hike, and South Treetops.

The 8th graders of Dike-New Hartford Jr. High arrived on Monday. They were able to take Canoeing, Competitive Orienteering, Pioneer Life, Forest Ecology, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Longfellow School Arrived on Wednesday with their 4th and 5th graders. They were able to participate in Group Challenges, Pioneer Life, West Treetops, Fungus Among Us, Amphibians, and Beginning Orienteering before leaving on Friday.

Transfiguration Catholic School also came for a Wednesday through Friday trip. While they were here, the 6th graders were able to take Group Challenges, Competitive Orienteering, Earth Exploration, and East Treetops.

The 7th graders of St. Hubert School also came for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience GPS Pathfinders, Pond Life, Forest Ecology, and South Treetops.

Westwind Education arrived on Friday afternoon for East Treetops with their high schoolers.

Bloomington Girls came for the weekend and took Rock Climbing and East Treetops.

Phenology

There’s a lot of phenology this week, so we’re going to split it up into sections!

Birds seen and heard around Eagle Bluff:

  • Orchard Oriole
  • Great-crested Flycatcher

    Morels

  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • American Restart
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Bank Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Gray Catbird
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Wood Thrush

Reptiles and Amphibians:

  • An unidentified Snake was seen.
  • Baby Painted Turtles can be found in our large pond.
  • American Toads are calling and mating and laying eggs in our ponds.
  • Gray Treefrogs are calling.

Wildflowers blooming around Eagle Bluff:

  • Solomon’s Seal
  • False Solomon’s Seal
  • Wild Strawberry
  • Yellow Violets
  • While Violets
  • Wild Geranium
  • Buttercups
  • Eastern Shooting Star

Trees:

  • Walnut trees have yet to leaf out.

Fungus:

  • Morel mushrooms are popping up – Yum!

Insects:

  • A Monarch Butterfly was seen

Thought for the Week

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
Mark Twain

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The Summer Tanager is considered a bee and wasp specialist. They catch bees in flight and kill by beating it against a branch. They rub the stinger off on a brand before eating it. They will also eat bee and wasp larvae from the nest after catching the adult insects first.

This Week’s Question:
How do you tell the difference between a true Morel mushroom and a false Morel?

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