Week of August 27th – September 2nd

We welcomed Luther College Performing Arts Council, DaVinci Academy, and Postville Schools.

The adults from the Luther College Performing Arts Council arrived on Monday for a day of East Treetops and Group Challenges.

The DaVinci Academy arrived on Tuesday with their 7th through 9th graders for a visit until Thursday. While they were here, they were able to experience Canoeing, Group Challenges, South Treetops, and Oneota.

The 8th graders of Postville Schools arrived for a visit on Friday for a day of Group Challenges and West Treetops.


  • Common Nighthawkshave begun migrating south.

    Common Nighthawk by Jim Williams

  • Bobwhite Quail have been released at Eagle Bluff in hopes of establishing a population.
  • A Barred Owl was seen.
  • Ruffed Grouses were seen by some bird feeders.
  • A Red Fox was spotted.
  • Fawns still have their spots.
  • A Tiger Salamander was seen crossing the road.
  • Giant Puffball mushrooms are done for the year.
  • Jewelwing is flowering.
  • Some Leaves are beginning to fall already.

Thought for the Week

“The earth has music for those who listen.”
George Santayana

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to the Last Question:
The female Golden-crowned Kinglet can lay between 3-11 eggs.

This Weeks Question:
How many mosquitoes can Common Nighthawks eat in one day?



Our new naturalists have arrived and survived an intensive two-week training! This is going to be a great school year with great naturalists!

The 2012-2013 Naturalists are:

Allegra Mount from Laguna Beach, California
Cami Sockow from Howell, Michigan
Emma Spoon from Verona, Wisconsin
Gael Zembal from Fridley, Minnesota
Liza Mole from Wheeling, Illinois
Mary Catherine “MC” Muniz from Portland, Oregon
Mary Henke-Haney from St. Paul, Minnesota
Mary Morris from Willmar, Minnesota
Peter Dieser from Mound, Minnesota
William Orndorff from Rockville, Maryland

We would also like to welcome back Vaughn Tackmann from Arlington, Minnesota and Stephanie Davidson from East Greenbush, New York as our awesome Graduate Naturalists for the year!


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