Week of January 9th – 15th

We welcomed the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Garlough Environmental Magnet School, and held a C.I.G. Training.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium arrived on a Sunday and left on Tuesday. While they were here, the high schoolers presented their projects to each other and was able to participate in Karst Geology and East Treetops.

The 4th graders of Garlough Environmental Magnet School arrived on Wednesday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Oneota, Karst Geology, Big Freeze, and Winter Pond Lab.

Eagle Bluff held a Certified Interpretive Guide Training (C.I.G. Training) through the National Association of Interpretation for the staff Naturalists we have on site. The training was led by Certified Interpretive Trainers Carolyn Rock of Whitefish Dunes State Park in Wisconsin and Eagle Bluff’s own Jeff Boland. The training lasted from Tuesday through Friday with everyone passing and doing a great job, congratulations!

Phenology

  • Bald Eagles are pairing up.

    Ice Houses and Shacks!

  • A Red Fox was seen near our new overlook.
  • A Bat was seen flying around near Sandstone, MN.
  • We finally got some Snow!
  • There has been a record low number of Ice Houses on lakes in Minnesota. Last year, there were around 700 and so far this year, there are only about 100 due to poor ice conditions.
  • The Root River is extremely low.

Thought for the Week

“The most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”
Helen Keller

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The oldest Bald Eagle ever recorded in the wild was 28 years old and the oldest captive Bald Eagle on record lived to be 36 years old.

This Week’s Question:
How thick should ice be on a lake or pond for someone to safely walk on it?

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