Week of September 19th – 25th

We welcomed Atheneum Gifted Magnet School, St. Michael School, Susan Lindgren Elementary, Cardinal of Minnesota, City of Lakes Waldorf School, St. John School, St. Francis of Assisi School, IBM, Christ Lutheran Church, Tammel Reception, and MN Renewable Energy Site Assessment Training.

On Monday, the 5th graders of Atheneum Gifted Magnet School arrived for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Pioneer Life, Stream Lab, Competitive Orienteering, and East Treetops.

St. Michael School also arrived for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, the 6th graders were able to participate in Archery, Earth Exploration, Stream Lab, and South Treetops.

The 5th graders of Susan Lindgren Elementary arrived on Monday. They were able to take Oneota, Fungus Among Us, Amphibians, and West Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Cardinal of Minnesota brought employees on Wednesday for an afternoon of West Treetops.

City of Lakes Waldorf School arrived on Wednesday with their 6th graders. They were able to experience East Treetops, Archery, Beginning Orienteering, and Canoeing before leaving on Friday.

The 8th graders of St. John School also came to Eagle Bluff for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they took Insects, GPS Pathfinders, Group Challenges, and South Treetops.

St. Francis of Assisi School arrived on Wednesday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, the 7th and 8th graders were able to participate in Canoeing, Pioneer Life, Group Challenges, Earth Exploration, Forest Ecology, Beginning Orienteering, Rock Climbing, and East Treetops.

Employees of IBM came out on Thursday for an afternoon of Group Challenges.

7th graders of Christ Lutheran Church arrived on Saturday for a morning of South Treetops.

The Tammel Wedding Reception was held at Eagle Bluff on Saturday night.

The MN Renewable Energy Site Assessment held another training at Eagle Bluff.

 

Phenology

  • A Peregrine Falconwas seen at Eagle Bluff.

    Peregrine Falcon by Jim Williams

  • Gray Catbirds are still calling.
  • An Osprey was seen in Preston, MN.
  • A Pileated Woodpecker was seen at Eagle Bluff.
  • American Kestrels are still in the area.
  • A Mink was seen by the Eagle Bluff Garden.
  • Gray Treefrogs can still be found in trees..
  • A female Monarch Butterfly was found.
  • Smooth and Staghorn Sumac leaves are turning red.
  • Walnuts are falling.
  • Indian Pipe, a parasitic plant, was seen in the woods.
  • Ohio Buckeyes are at peak color and losing their leaves.
  • It is Pumpkin Season!
  • A 12.5 pound Giant Puffball was found.

 

 

Thought for the Week

In honor of the recent passing of Professor Wangari Maathai, here is one of her many inspiring quotes:
“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.”

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Giant Puffballs are indeed edible (as long as they are not rotten) as well as tasty! Check out this website for a recipe – remember to make sure you know what it is before you eat it!

This Week’s Question:
What color is Indian Pipe?

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