Week of September 17th – 23rd

We welcomed Atheneum Gifted Magnet, St. Michael School, Holy Spirit School, Rochester Central Lutheran School, St. John School, St. Francis School, Border Babes Quilters, and hosted Becoming an Outdoors Woman.

Atheneum Gifted Magnet arrived on Monday with their 5th graders for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Pioneer Life, Stream Lab, Competitive Orienteering, and West Treetops.

The 6th graders of St. Michael School also came for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, they participated in Archery, Earth Exploration, Stream Lab, and South Treetops.

Holy Spirit School also came on Monday. The 7th and 8th graders were able to take Beginning Orienteering, Wildlife Ecology, East Treetops, and South Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Rochester Central Lutheran School brought their 7th graders here on Tuesday for a day of Group Challenges and East Treetops.

St. John School brought their 8th graders for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Insects, GPS Pathfinders, and South Treetops.

St. Francis School also brought their 7th and 8th graders on Wednesday. They were able to participate in Canoeing, Pioneer Life, Group Challenges, Beginning Orienteering, Earth Exploration, Trees & Keys, East Treetops, and Rock Climbing before leaving on Friday.

The Border Babes Quilters quilted the weekend away!

Eagle Bluff hosted the Minnesota DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman over the weekend. The ladies were able to participate in a lot of different outdoor activities including Canoeing, Fly Fishing, Rifle Shooting, Biking, Geocaching, Food Preservation, East Treetops, Waterfowl ID, Pioneer Living, Rock Climbing, and many more!

Phenology

  • American Goldfinches are molting into their non-breeding plumage.

    American White Pelicans by Jim Williams

  • American White Pelicans are migrating south.
  • A Baby Snapping Turtle was caught at one of Eagle Bluff’s ponds.
  • A Red-bellied Snake was seen.
  • Spring Peepers were found in the duff layer of our forests.
  • Puffball fungi are ready to release their spores!
  • Leaves are changing color and falling.
  • We had the first hard Frost of the season.
  • It’s officially Fall!

Thought for the Week

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”
Samuel Butler

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers will tear the wings off of larger insects it catches and beats large prey on perches.

This Week’s Question:
Why do Snapping Turtles snap?

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