Week of October 24th – 30th

We welcomed Owatonna Jr. High, St. John’s School, St. Joseph’s School, Lanesboro Schools, Mabel-Canton Schools, St. Alphonsus School, Dover-Eyota School, Stewartville High School, Haunted High Ropes, South Suburban Church, Webelos Scouts, Women’s Retreat, FarmingtonĀ  Hockey, and Boy Scouts.

On Monday, Owatonna Jr. High arrived for a day of Oneota and Treetops.

The 5th and 6th graders of St. John’s School arrived on Monday and stayed until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Animal Signs, GPS Pathfinders, Group Challenges, and West Treetops.

St. Joseph’s School also arrived on Monday. The 7th graders were able to participate in Group Challenges, Trees & Keys, Stream Lab, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Lanesboro Schools came on Tuesday with their 10th graders for a morning of Stream Lab.

Mabel-Canton Schools brought their 5th graders for a day of Karst Geology and Cave Ecology.

They 7th graders of St. Alphonsus School arrived for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to take Wildlife Ecology, Root River Hike, Archery, and East Treetops.

Dover-Eyota Middle School also brought their 8th graders for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Beginning Orienteering, GPS Pathfinders, Treetops, Karst Geology, and Wildlife Ecology.

The 11th and 12th graders of Stewartville High School came on Friday for a day of Group Challenges and South Treetops.

The annual Haunted High Ropes was held on Friday night and we had beautiful weather for it!

South Suburban Church arrived on Friday and stayed until Sunday with their 7th through 12th graders.While they were here, they had their own activities, but also went up on Treetops.

Webelos Scouts came on Saturday morning and went up on West Treetops.

A Women’s Retreat arrived on Saturday for Group Challenges and West Treetops.

Farmington Hockey arrived on Sunday for Group Challenges and West Treetops.

Boy Scouts came on Sunday afternoon for East Treetops.

Phenology

  • A Group of Red-winged Blackbirdswas seen.

    Flying Squirrel

  • Cedar Waxwings can be seen at the tops of trees eating buds and berries.
  • American Robins are still flocking together.
  • A Northern Harrier was seen near Winona.
  • Tundra Swans can be seen on the Mississippi River.
  • Barred Owls were heard calling at night.
  • A Flying Squirrel was seen.
  • The Northern Lights were visible for a couple of nights.

Thought for the Week

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”
Socrates

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Blue Jays are actually brown. The pigment in their feathers is melanin, which is brown. The scattering of light through the modified cells on the surface of their feather barbs cause them to appear blue.

This Week’s Question:
What senses do Northern Harriers use to hunt?

 

Happy Halloween!!!

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