This report is brought to you by Rett, Adelynn and the students from Rum River Elementary. 

During our trip to Long Lake Conservation Center on November 16th through the 18th it was the beginning track season. The fresh coating of snow opened a window to animal activity that we don’t always see. We saw mouse, rabbit and lots and lots of deer tracks, even though we didn’t see any of the actual animals. One of our favorite sighting was a deer yarding spot where a deer cleared an area of snow to make a bed to lay down to rest. It was nearly perfectly round and looked cozy. Our group was able to cross country ski and explore the woods where we saw a porcupine in a tree munching on some branches, and lots of birds. Bird sightings included Chickadees, Nuthatches, and Pileated, Red-bellied, Snowy and Downy Woodpeckers. We’re still seeing lots of Blue Jays, and were hoping to see to Pine Grosbeaks, but had no luck. Also, we heard but didn’t see a flock of Tundra Swans fly overhead.  In the bog, a red squirrel was spotted chasing around. When our group arrived, the lake was almost half frozen, and now it’s almost totally frozen. We predict ice in to be complete by tomorrow.  This week was notable as much for what we didn’t see as what we did. Long Lake’s naturalists said that this was the first week since last spring that we haven’t seen Chipmunks, Canada Geese, turtles, frogs or snakes. Have a nice winter, little dudes. We’ll see you next spring.

It’s a winter paradise outside, and perfect campfire weather. We want to remind everyone to unplug, get outside and to… LIVE CONNECTED.

Keep exploring!