Week of September 26th – October 2nd

We welcomed Wayzata West Middle School, Border Babes, Northern State University, Planned Parenthood Que Nada, and MN Renew Energy Site Assessment Training.

The 6th graders of Wayzata West Middle School arrived on Monday and stayed until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Canoeing, Oneota, Backcountry Camping, Pioneer Life, Group Challenges, Stream Lab, Amphibians, Wildlife Ecology, Fungus Among Us, Treetops, GPS Pathfinders, and Rock Climbing.

The Border Babes came to Eagle Bluff over the weekend and quilted the weekend away.

Students from Northern State University came for a weekend of Group Challenges, Rock Climbing, and South Treetops.

Planned Parenthood Que Nada also stayed for the weekend and while they were here, participated in Group Challenges, and East Treetops.

The Minnesota Renew Energy Sit Assessment Training held another training on Saturday.

Phenology

  • Lots of Red-bellied Snakeshave been seen sunning themselves.

    Red-bellied Snake

  • A Baby Snapping Turtle was found in the large pond at Eagle Bluff.
  • A Tiger Salamander was found in the woods.
  • A Spring Peeper (frog) was found in the woods.
  • Starlings are flocking together.
  • A Tufted Titmouse was seen.
  • American Kestrels are more abundant in the area.
  • A Great Blue Heron was flushed from the large pond.
  • Another Mink was seen.
  • A Red Fox was seen.
  • Monarch Butterflies continue to be seen on their migration south.

Thought for the Week

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Dr. Seuss

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Indian Pipe is a parasitic plant and has no chlorophyll, which also means that it does not have the green color most plants have, so it is white.

This Week’s Question:
How are male vs. female snapping turtles determined when they are developing in the egg?

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