Week of October 8th – 14th

We welcomed Stewartville High School, Spring Grove Schools, Highlands Elementary, Dakota Hills Middle School, Lanesboro Elderhostel, Highlands Elementary, Park Spanish Immersion, and held our annual Eagle Bluff Scholarship Banquet.

 

The 12th graders of Stewartville High School arrived on Monday for a day of Group Challenges and South Treetops.

Spring Grove Schools arrived on Monday with their 7th graders for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Oneota, Trees & Keys, Wildlife Ecology, Stream Lab, and South Treetops.

Highlands Elementary brought two groups of 1st through 5th graders this week. The first group was here from Monday through Wednesday and the second group was here from Wednesday through Friday. While they were here, the students were able to participate in Pioneer Life, Water Wigglers, Mushrooms & More, Stream Lab, West Treetops, Rock Climbing, Oneota, Archery, GPS Pathfinders, and Root River Hike.

Dakota Hills Middle School also arrived on Monday. The 7th graders were able to take Group Challenges, Oneota, Pond Life, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

The Lanesboro Elderhostel arrived on Tuesday for a Raptor Program.

The 5th graders of Park Spanish Immersion arrived for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Pioneer Life, Earth Exploration, Fungus Among Us, and East Treetops.

On Saturday, Eagle Bluff held our annual Scholarship Banquet where over one hundred people attended and bid on silent and live auction items to make it possible for more students to visit Eagle Bluff!

 

Phenology

  • There are still some Turkey Vulturesin the area.

    White-throated Sparrow by Jim Williams

  • American Robins are flocking together.
  • Eastern Bluebirds are also flocking together.
  • White-throated Sparrows are back in the area.
  • Scaly Inky Cap Mushrooms were seen.
  • The constellation Orion has been seen in the early morning hours.

 

Thought for the Week

October’s Party by George Cooper

October threw a party:
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
and everything was grand,
Miss Weather lead the dancing
Professor Wind, the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
in scarlet looked their best;
All bowed deeply to their partners
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then in rustic hollows,
At hide and seek they played,
The party closed at sundown
but everybody stayed.
Professor wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
When at last the party ended
hearty applause was passed around.

 

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Zugunruhe is a German compound word where zug = move, migration and unruhe = anxiety, restlessness. It describes anxious behavior in migratory animals, especially birds during the normal migration period.

This Week’s Question:
Who discovered the Scaly Inky Cap Mushroom?

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