Week of January 30th – February 5th

We welcomed Audubon Center of the North Woods Staff, Cedar Park Elementary, Olson Middle School, Valley Crossing Community School, Root River Quilters, Eagle Bluff Adult Getaway and held another Dinner on the Bluff.

The Naturalist staff of the Audubon Center of the North Woods ELC arrived on Monday for an overnight visit to observe some of our classes and programs. We enjoyed having them here and can’t wait until next month when Eagle Bluff’s Naturalists do the same at Audubon!

The 5th graders of Cedar Park Elementary arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Winter Survival, Pioneer Life, Animal Signs, and West Treetops.

Olson Middle School arrived on Wednesday. The 6th graders were able to participate in Wildlife Ecology, Beginning Orienteering, Big Freeze, and South Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Also here for a Wednesday through Friday trip was Valley Crossing Community School. While they were here, the 5th graders were able to take Winter Survival, Pioneer Life, Big Freeze, Animal Signs, and Treetops.

The Root River Quilters quilted the weekend away.

The Eagle Bluff Adult Getaway was this past weekend. Adults game and participated in a number of activities including GPS Pathfinders, Nature Hikes, Rock Climbing, Star Gazing, Yoga, East Treetops, etc.

Eagle Bluff also held another Dinner on the Bluff with the topic of “Our Fresh Water Resources” by Gene Merriam, former Senator and DNR Commissioner. The night’s meal included strawberry-orange salad, roasted red pepper and tomato soup, trout, wild rice stuffing, roasted asparagus, and cheesecake with assorted fruit topping.

 

Phenology

  • Because of the warmer weather there is less snow and a Hot Air Balloonwas seen over Rochester, MN.

    Northern Cardinals by Jim Williams

  • A Northern Cardinal was heard singing.
  • Eastern Bluebirds have been seen.
  • Wild Turkeys were heard calling.
  • A Great Horned Owl was heard.
  • Coyotes were heard calling.
  • Raccoons were also heard.
  • Flying Insects were seen.
  • Caterpillars were spotted on top of the snow.

 

 

Thought for the Week

“Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand makes mountains and atomies infinity.”
E. Knight

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) are caused by the collisions between gaseous particles in Earth’s atmosphere and charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Variations in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding.

This Week’s Question:
Who were the first passengers in a Hot Air Balloon ride?

 

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