Week of December 12th – 18th

We welcomed Farnsworth Aerospace, Oak Hill Montessori, and Sky Oaks Elementary.

On Monday, the 8th graders of Farnsworth Aerospace arrived for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Big Freeze, East Treetops and Karst Geology.

Oak Hill Montessori arrived on Tuesday. The 4th through 6th graders were able to participate in Birds, Earth Exploration, West Treetops, and Winter Survival before leaving on Thursday.

Sky Oaks Elementary brought their 6th graders on Wednesday and stayed until Friday. While they were here, they were able to take Oneota, GPS Pathfinders, Karst Geology, and West Treetops.

Phenology

  • There were a few different species of Caterpillarsthat were seen when the temperature warmed up.

    Eastern Chipmunk

  • An Eastern Chipmunk was seen by our bird feeders. Chipmunks are not true hibernators, but rather enter long periods of torpor.
  • There are still some Striped Skunks that have not yet begun to hibernate yet.
  • More raptors such as Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Cooper’s Hawks that have been seen in the area.
  • There was a Cougar sighting near Zumbrota.

 

Thought for the Week

“Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.”
Proverb

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The largest snowflake ever recorded was on January 28th, 1887 in Fort Keogh, Montana. The snowflake was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

This Week’s Question:
Where do Ruffed Grouse sometimes spend the night?

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