Week of October 10th – 16th

We welcomed John Marshall High School, Spring Grove Schools, Ridgeway School, Dakota Hills Middle School, St. Dominic School, Holy Spirit School, GFW/PLS Schools, Faithful Shepherd School, Pine Needles Quilting, Peace United Church of Christ, Boy Scout Troop 226, and held a Discover Geocaching adult seminar.

On Monday, a few students from John Marshall High School to spend a morning on East Treetops.

The 7th graders of Spring Grove Schools arrived for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Stream Lab, South Treetops, Trees & Keys, Oneota, and Wildlife Ecology.

Ridgeway School also came to Eagle Bluff from Monday through Wednesday. While they were here, the 4th and 5th graders were able to participate in Oneota, West Treetops, Karst Geology, and GPS Pathfinders.

Dakota Hills Middle School also brought their 7th graders on Monday. They were able to take Oneota, Group Challenges, Pond Life, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

The 5th graders of St. Dominic School arrived on Monday. They were able to participate in Group Challenges, Birds, West Treetops, Archery, Stream Lab, Wildlife Ecology, Oneota, and Rock Climbing before leaving on Friday.

Holy Spirit School brought their 7th graders for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience  Oneota, Group Challenges, Fungus Among Us, and South Treetops.

GFW/PLS Schools also arrived on Wednesday and stayed until Friday. While they were here, the 8th graders were able to participate in Group Challenges, Karst Geology, Competitive Orienteering, and East Treetops.

The 8th graders of Faithful Shepherd came to Eagle Bluff on Wednesday. They were able to take Group Challenges, Forest Ecology, Stream Lab, and West Treetops before leaving on Friday.

The Pine Needles Quilting Group quilted the weekend away.

The Peace United Group of Christ arrived on Friday evening with a women’s group. On Saturday, some went on South Treetops while the others went on a Birding Hike.

Boy Scout Troop 226 arrived on Friday and stayed until Sunday and did some Rock Climbing and went up on East Treetops while here.

On Saturday afternoon, the Discover Geocaching adult seminar was held and 22 people came for that.

Phenology

  • There are some Turkey Vultures that are still around.

    Pleiades Star Cluster

  • More Dark-eyed Juncos have been seen.
  • A Red-tailed Hawk was seen kiting over an area while hunting.
  • A group of at least 30 Cedar Waxwings was seen flying over the Discovery Center building.
  • A Tufted Titmouse was seen at one of our bird feeders.
  • An Osprey was seen in downtown Lanesboro.
  • Woolly Bear Caterpillars are still on the move.
  • Some Monarchs are still around.
  • Jupiter is visible.
  • Orion is visible.
  • The star cluster called Pleiades is visible.

Thought for the Week

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

Nature Trivia Question

Answer from Last Week’s Question:
Although they look nothing alike, the White-throated Sparrow will occasionally mate with a Dark-eyed Junco and produce hybrids. The offspring look like grayish, dully marked White-throated Sparrows with white outer tail feathers (like Dark-eyed Juncos have).

This Week’s Question:
The Pleiades star cluster is made up of hundreds of stars, but only some are visible to the unaided eye. What are nine of the stars in the cluster? (Hint: The Pleiades are also known as the seven sisters)

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