Week of September 5th-11th

We welcomed Rochester Central Lutheran School, Trinity Catholic School, St. Croix Lutheran School, MFL Mar Mac Middle School, Forestry Field Day U of M Extension, U of M Humphrey Fellows, MN Renewable Energy Site Assessment Training, and Lourdes High School Soccer.

On Tuesday, the 7th graders of Rochester Central Lutheran School arrived for a day of Group Challenges and East Treetops.

Trinity Catholic School brought their 6th graders on Wednesday for a trip until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Wildlife Ecology, Pond Life, and West Treetops.

The 6th through 8th graders of St. Croix Lutheran School also arrived on Wednesday. They were able to take Archery, Stream Lab, South Treetops, and Insects before leaving on Friday.

MFL Mar Mac Middle School also arrived on Wednesday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, the 7th graders participated in Group Challenges, Trees & Keys, Pond Life, and East Treetops.

The Forestry Field Day U of M Extension arrived on Friday and stayed through Saturday and held their own classes including a tour of Eagle Bluff’s Shiitake growing site.

The U of M Humphrey Fellows arrived on Friday and stayed until Sunday and participated in Group Challenges and East Treetops.

The MN Renewable Energy Site Assessment Training happened on Sunday at Eagle Bluff.

The Lourdes High School Soccer Team arrived Sunday for Group Challenges and East Treetops.

Phenology

  • Common Nighthawkscontinue to migrate south.

    Broad-winged Hawk by Jim Williams

  • Broad-winged Hawks are still around.
  • Fewer Turkey Vultures are being seen.
  • An American Redstart was spotted near Eagle Bluff.
  • A Belted Kingfisher was seen by the Root River.
  • A Red Fox was seen.
  • Bottled Gentian is in bloom.
  • Soybeans are yellowing and Corn is being harvested.
  • Apples are being picked.
  • There is a Full Moon tonight.
  • Tonight, there is also going to be a visible Supernova near the Big Dipper – get out some binoculars and check it out!

Thought for the Week

“Steady as a rock. Rooted like a tree. Standing strong in my rightful place.”
Kim Brodey

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Male Cooper’s Hawks tend to be submissive to the females because they are significantly smaller in size (as are all female raptors in relation to their male counterparts) and females regularly hunt and eat medium-sized birds. The male will listen for the female to make reassuring call notes when they’re willing to be approached. the male will build the nest and provide nearly all the food to the nesting female and their young.

This Week’s Question:
Broad-winged Hawks will migrate an average of 4,350 miles to their wintering grounds. How many miles do they average per day during their migration?

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