Week of October 3rd – 9th

We welcomed Calvin Christian School, Highlands Elementary, Maple River Middle School, Lanesboro Road Scholar, Park Spanish Immersion, Boy Scout Troop 110, MN Renew Energy Site Assessment Training, and held our annual SauVesper scholarship fundraiser.

The 7th graders of Calvin Christian School, arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Competitive Orienteering, Archery, and South Treetops.

Highlands Elementary brought 2 different groups of 1st through 5th graders, one group from Monday through Wednesday and the other group was here from Wednesday through Friday. While they were here, they were able to take Archery, Fungus Among Us, Wildlife Ecology, Insects, Root River Hike, Karst Geology, Oneota, Rock Climbing, and West Treetops.

Maple River Middle School also arrived on Monday. The 8th graders were able to participate in Canoeing, GPS Pathfinders, Group Challenges, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

About 16 adults from the Lanesboro Road Scholar program arrived here on Tuesday after noon for a quick tour and a Raptor Program.

The 5th graders from Park Spanish Immersion arrived on Wednesday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Pioneer Life, Earth Exploration, Root River Hike, East Treetops, and Earth Exploration.

Boy Scout Troop 110 arrived on Saturday for an afternoon of South Treetops.

The MN Renew Energy Site Assessment held its last training on Sunday.

On Saturday evening, Eagle Bluff held SauVesper, our annual scholarship fundraising event. Lots of fun and good food was had!

Phenology

  • An Osprey was seen flying over the Discovery Center at Eagle Bluff.

    Osprey by Jim Williams

  • White-throated Sparrows can be heard singing.
  • There are some Turkey Vultures still around.
  • American Robins are beginning to flock together.
  • A Dark-eyed Junco was seen.
  • Canada Geese are still migrating south.
  • Another Mink was seen.
  • Red-bellied Snakes are still being seen.
  • There are some Monarchs still around.

Thought for the Week

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
John Ruskin

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
In Snapping Turtles, the temperature of the eggs while incubating determines the sex of them. Eggs hatched at cooler temperatures tend to produce males, while eggs hatched at warmer temperatures  produce female snapping turtles.

This Week’s Question:
What other species does the White-throated Sparrow sometimes mate with to produce a hybrid bird?

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