Week of Monday May 21st – 27th

We welcomed St. Mary’s School, Folwell Elementary, St. Benedict School, Horace Mann School, Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools, and New City Charter School.

St. Mary’s School came on Monday for a day of East Treetops and Group Challenges with their 7th graders.

The 5th graders of Folwell Elementary arrived on Monday for a visit until Tuesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Amphibians, Animal Signs, and Treetops.

St. Benedict Schools also arrived on Monday. The 8th graders were able to take Canoeing, Archery, Group Challenges, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Horace Mann School brought their 6th graders for a Monday through Friday visit. While they were here, they participated in Archery, Trees & Keys, East Treetops, Pioneer Life, Canoeing, Birds, Pond Life, and Rock Climbing.

The 6th graders of Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools arrived on Tuesday. They were able to take Group Challenges, Stream Lab, Rock Climbing, Fungus Among Us, Pioneer Life, Canoeing, South Treetops, and Oneota before leaving on Friday.

New City Charter School arrived on Wednesday for a trip until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Stream Lab, Oneota, Karst Geology, and East Treetops.

Phenology

  • Common Whitetail Dragonfliescan be seen flying around the ponds at Eagle Bluff.

    Female Wood Duck at nest box by Jim Williams

  • Monarch Caterpillars have hatched.
  • A Viceroy butterfly was seen.
  • The First Clutches of American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, and Black-capped Chickadees are about ready to fledge the nest.
  • A Wood Duck was seen with 7 ducklings.
  • Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls continue to call.
  • A couple of Fawns were seen.
  • Wild Rose is blooming.
  • Sweet Clover is blooming.
  • Spiderwort is blooming.

Thought for the Week

“May all of your sandwiches be delicious.”
Sean Ransick, former Eagle Bluff Naturalist

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Unlike their summer diet of insects, the Eastern Kingbird will eat fruit while wintering along the Amazon.

This Week’s Question:
What plant can detect radiation?

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