Week of April 30th – May 6th

We welcomed Pratt School, Grand Meadow 4th and 6th grades, Southland Schools, Lewiston-Altura Schools, Central Intermediate School, City of Life Outreach Center, and Grace Community Church.

 

The 5th graders of Pratt School arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to participate in Group Challenges, West Treetops, Root River Hike, and Animal Signs.

Grand Meadow brought their 4th graders from Monday through Wednesday and their 6th graders from Wednesday through Friday. The 4th graders experienced Beginning Orienteering, Stream Lab, Oneota, and West Treetops while the 6th graders experienced Canoeing, Fungus Among Us, Karst Geology, and Rock Climbing.

Southland Schools arrived on Monday with their 7th graders. They were able to take Group Challenges, Insects, South Treetops, and Back Country Camping before leaving on Wednesday.

The 5th graders of Lewiston-Altura Schools arrived for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Root River Hike, Pioneer Life, Pond Life, and East Treetops.

Central Intermediate School brought their 6th graders on Wednesday. They were able to participate in Group Challenges, Oneota, Pioneer Life, Backcountry Camping, Earth Exploration, GPS Pathfinders, Wildlife Ecology, and Treetops before leaving on Friday.

City of Life Outreach Center arrived on Friday for a weekend of group time and Group Challenges.

Grace Community Church arrived on Saturday afternoon to go up on East Treetops.

 

Phenology

There are a lot of birds arriving in the area or passing through including:

Barn Swallow by Jim Williams

  • Chimney Swifts
  • American Redstart
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Palm Warbler
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Osprey
  • Gray Catbird
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Ovenbird
  • Black and White Warbler
  • Great-Crested Flycatcher
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Barn Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow

 

There are also other Phenological events going on:

  • American Toads are calling a lot.
  • Gray Treefrogs are calling a lot.
  • Monarchs have returned.
  • Virginia Waterleaf is in bloom.

 

Thought for the Week

“In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.”
Robert Green Ingersoll

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
The Pine Warbler is the only warbler to eat large quantities of seeds, mostly of pine. Because of this, they are sometimes seen at bird feeders.

This Week’s Question:
How did the Tennessee Warbler get its name?

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