PHENOLOGY

Check back for weekly photos and observations from our students, and team of Naturalist Educators.

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MAY 13, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Waylon, Avery and the students from Central Elementary in Norwood Young America. The highlight were the season's first Oriole, 70 degree temps and lots of life.

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May 6, 2022

This week's phenology report is by Blake, Connor and the students from Crooked Lake in Andover. We had a porcupine visitor, Flickers and our first sights of bats AND Red Bellied Snakes 

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APRIL 15, 2022

This week's phenology report is by Julia Kuhns and a very grumpy Dave McMillan. Why grumpy? Because winter simply refuses to go away, that's why! Despite the cold, nature is still pretty awesome!

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April 29, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Sam from Highland Catholic School in St. Paul. The highlights of the week were close encounters with beavers, and ICE OUT! Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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April 8, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Rosie, Caylee and the students of Delano Middle School, AND Avery and Nora from St. Joe's from Grand Rapids and St. Nathan's from Perham. It's mud season, but it didn't stop these intrepid young naturalists! Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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APRIL 22, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Jonah, a student who visited as part of Long Lake's first ever Homeschool week. The nature hightights included the season's first Great Blue Heron and one uninterrupted day of sunshine.  Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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APRIL 1, 2022

Thomas from St. Raphael Catholic School in New Hope brings you this week's phenology report. Among the highlights were squirrels chasing each other in spring courtship and "Stabby Squirrels".  Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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March 25, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Chloe and Alex from St. Francis of the Lakes. This week's report was highlighted by the return of the otters and a mass of slithering garter snakes.  Great job young naturalists! Keep exploring!

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March 18, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Edwin and the students of Great River Schools. Spring weather arrived, and the students spotted the first Robin AND tadpole of the spring. Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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March 11, 2022

Greta from St. Joe's Rosemount brings you this week's phenology report. Among the highlights were icicles that taste like spring and snow melting around the base of trees, signaling that soon the sap will be running.  Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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March 4, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Chloe and Zoie from Bertha-Hewitt. Spring is definitely in the air. Chickadees were heard making their two-note mating call and the Ojibwe Hard Crust on the Snow moon lived up to it's name. See the report for more. Great job young naturalists! Keep exploring!

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FEb 11, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Nolan, Sydney and Kora from St. Agnes, St. Mary's and Sacred Heart. During their adventures, they saw some uniquely shaped snowflakes, an otter hole, porcupines and more. Great job young naturalists! Keep exploring!

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Jan. 21, 2022

Beth Haaskens tells us that Redpolls are at the feeders, deer and turkeys are acting funny, and the porcupines are busy. Plus, get a fishing reports from the teachers of Aitkin School District. Hint: the crappies are biting. 

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fEB. 25, 2022

The students from Our Lady of Victory saw the first bald eagle of the year. It's a true sign of spring when the eagles return to nest. They also saw porcupines and had beautiful clear skies for stargazing. Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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FEB 4, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by Brayden and Savana and the students from Paynesville Schools. During their adventures, they saw a pair of porcupines, lots of deer tracks and a few even managed to entice some Chickadees to eat out of their hands. Great job young naturalists! Keep exploring!

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Jan. 14, 2022

Bitter cold turned to pleasant temperatures allowing our students and Naturalists to venture deep into the woods following assorted tracks. One track led to a porcupine hiding in a hollow of a tree. What a treat to get an up close look at this beautiful animal.

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fEB. 18, 2022

The students from St. Mary Help of Christians, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Andrew of St. Cloud had some nice winter weather to explore. Among the highlights was a moon halo, lots of deer, porcupines paired in a tree and a friendly squirrel they named Fred. Thanks for exploring nature with us!

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Jan. 28, 2022

This week's phenology report is brought to you by the sixth grade students of Rippleside Elementary School. The porcupines were spotted again, and we had new visitors to our feeders - Pine Grosbeaks! How fun. Great job young naturalists. Keep exploring!

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Jan. 7, 2022

This phenology report is brought to you by Addie and Evan from St. Wenceslaus school in New Prague. Their school spent last week at Long Lake, and despite the cold, saw a lot of cool critters and had plenty of outdoor adventures. Great job and keep exploring!