Week of April 9th – 15th

We welcomed Randolph Heights Elementary, Sheridan School, St. Patrick School, LeRoy-Ostrander School, Lyle School, Bluff View Elementary, Peace United Church of Christ, Girl Scout Troop 51097, New ERA, and held a Discover Geocaching event.


The 5th and 6th graders of Randolph Heights Elementary arrived on Monday for a trip until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Oneota, Karst Geology, Wildlife Ecology, GPS Pathfinders, Archery, and Treetops.

Sheridan School also brought their 5th graders on Monday. They were able to participate in Pioneer Life, Stream Lab, East Treetops, and Birds before leaving on Wednesday.

St. Patrick School arrived for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, the 6th graders were able to take Stream Lab, Birds, South Treetops, and Karst Geology.

LeRoy-Ostrander School brought their 8th graders on Wednesday as well. They were able to participate in Group Challenges, Wildlife Ecology, GPS Pathfinders, and East Treetops before leaving on Friday.

The 7th graders of Lyle School also arrived for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Canoeing, Wildlife Ecology, East Treetops, and Stream Lab.

Bluff View Elementary arrived on Wednesday and stayed through Friday with their 4th graders. While they were here, they were able to take Archery, Oneota, Pioneer Life, Root River Hike, Beginning Orienteering, and West Treetops.

The Peace United Church of Christ came for a weekend getaway with some of their women members.

Girl Scout Troop 51097 came for the weekend and worked on some badges.

New ERA came from Winona State University for a weekend of classes about renewable energy.

Six people came to Eagle Bluff’s Discover Geocaching event and had a great time.




  • A Broad-winged Hawkwas seen.

    Broad-winged Hawk by Jim Williams

  • Eastern Meadowlarks were seen in Rochester.
  • More Tree Swallows are returning to the area.
  • A Ruby-Crowned Kinglet was seen.
  • Red-eyed Vireos have been seen in the area.
  • A Wood Thrush was seen.
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are announcing their territories.
  • A White-crowned Sparrow was spotted.
  • An Upland Sandpiper was seen.
  • Red Horse Suckers are spawning.
  • Junebugs are active.
  • A Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly was seen.
  • You can see Tent Worms in trees.
  • Nodding Trillium is leafing out.
  • Jack in the Pulpit is coming up.



Thought for the Week

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
A thick growth of Wild Leeks near Lake Michigan in Illinois gave Chicago its name, based on mis-identification. The plant called “Chicagou” in the language of native tribes was originally thought tobe nodding onion, however research in the 1990’s showed the correct plant was a wild leek.

This Week’s Question:
The Wood Thrush can perform a duet. What does the Wood Thrush perform this duet with?



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