Week of February 6th – 13th

We welcomed Ellis Middle School and held our winter Becoming an Outdoor Family.

The 7th graders of Ellis Middle School arrived in two halves; the first coming for a Monday through Wednesday trip and the second half staying for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Archery, Oneota, Pioneer Life, Winter Survival, Big Freeze, Treetops, and Rock Climbing.

Eagle Bluff and the MN DNR held the winter Becoming an Outdoor Family over the weekend. While there wasn’t as much snow as we would like, the 8 families that came all had a great time with Air Guns, Hiking, GPS, StarLab, Treetops, Rock Climbing, and Ice Fishing.

 

Phenology

  • A White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco hybridwas spotted with a group of Dark-eyed Juncos. Although they are not

    Bald Eagles by Jim Williams

    closely related, they have been known to occasionally mate with each other and produce hybrids that appear to be dully colored White-throated Sparrows with the distinct tails of Dark-eyed Juncos.

  • Bald Eagles have been seen displaying mating behavior.
  • More Birds are Singing.
  • Flying Insects were seen.
  • At this time last year, 85% of Minnesota was covered with snow; this year, only 23% of Minnesota is covered with snow.
  • This is the Second Warmest Winter on record.

 

 

Thought for the Week

“Win as if you were used to it; lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The first passengers in a Hot Air Balloon were a sheep, a rooster, and a duck in France in 1783

This Week’s Question:
When was the warmest Minnesota on record?

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