Week of March 12th – 18th

We welcomed Zumbrota-Mazeppa School, Kenny Community School, and Presbyterian Women’s Retreat.

 

The 5th graders of Zumbrota-Mazeppa School arrived on Wednesday for a trip until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Oneota, Pioneer Life, Animal Signs, Root River Hike, and Treetops.

Kenny Community School also came for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, the 5th graders were able to participate in Beginning Orienteering, Earth Exploration, Stream Lab and East Treetops.

The Presbyterian Women’s Retreat came for the weekend. They were able to take Birds and GPS Pathfinders as well as their own activities during their stay.

 

Phenology

  • Turkey Vultureshave returned!

    Wild Turkey by Jim Williams

  • Killdeer have been seen and heard.
  • Common Grackles are back.
  • Red-winged Blackbird males have returned and are setting up territories.
  • Woodcocks are starting to display.
  • Wild Turkeys are parading in nearby fields.
  • Soft-shell Turtles can be seen in the Root River.
  • A Painted Turtle was also seen in the Root River.
  • Western Chorus Frogs have been heard calling.
  • You can also hear Spring Peepers calling.
  • Leopard Frogs were seen mating.
  • A Woodchuck was seen as roadkill.
  • A Bat was seen flying around.
  • Red Admiral Butterflies were seen.
  • Green Darner Dragonflies have been seen.
  • Garlic Mustard was seen growing – pull it when you see it – the invasive species is taking over!
  • Honeysuckle is leafing out.
  • Bedstraw is starting to come up.

 

Thought for the Week

“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!'”
Robin Williams

 

Nature Trivia Question:

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
American Robins will live an average of about 6 years, however the oldest American Robin recorded was 13 years and 11 months old.

This Week’s Question:
What is the only U.S. state without Wild Turkeys?

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