NATURE NOTES

This first report of the week is brought to you by Lola and the students from St. Michael-Albertville East, group A. 

During our trip to Long Lake Conservation Center on October 24th through the 26th the march toward winter retreated and our group had lots of sightings typical of mid-Autumn. The biggest example of this is that frogs were everywhere. Patrick saw one hopping across the path, and another person in our group caught one. They were mostly Leopard Frogs. This surprised us because last it snowed recently and temperatures dipped into 20s. We thought they would be at the bottom of the Long Lake by now. There was a report of a Garter Snake in the woods and a Redbelly Snake was found in the entrance way of a building and moved back outside. We even heard crickets at night. In other sightings, Mia saw deer tracks and scat, but our group didn’t see any deer. It’s about the time of year when we start to find deer rubs, but we didn’t see any. Our group saw a flock of Juncos, lots and lots of Blue Jays, and White and Red-Breasted Nuthatches and Chickadees on the bird feeders. In the bog and along the shores of Long Lake, the Tamaracks are at peak golden color and needles are dropping. Other than Oak trees, most of the leaves have fallen from the trees. Winter IS coming, but Autumn fought back this week and we were thankful it did. It’s a great time to explore nature and we want to remind everyone to unplug, get outside and to… LIVE CONNECTED.

This second report of the week is brought to you by Eric, Maddie and the students from St. Michael-Albertville East, group B. 

Our trip to Long Lake Conservation Center on October 26th through the 28th was notable for what we are still seeing and what we are no longer seeing. Our group saw Canada Geese, Chipmunks and Snakes. In the Bog, there are still a few cranberries. Of course, we ate them.  The Tamarack are at peak color and dropping needles. About half of the Milkweed Pods have burst, releasing the silk that carries seeds on the wind. What we are no longer seeing are Robins, Mosquitos and Ticks. There were reports of Leopard frogs earlier in the week, but we didn’t see any.

In other sightings, five deer – all does and fawns – were spotted in the early evening, and almost all of the trees have lost their leaves. It’s a great time to explore nature and we want to remind everyone to unplug, get outside and to… LIVE CONNECTED.

Keep exploring!