This week's phenology report is brought to you by the students of Bertha-Hewitt!

The temperature hit 40 degrees for the first time since early December and lots of snow is melting. Our group saw a couple of bald eagles that we think were migrating through to their nests for the spring. At the bird feeder, we saw chickadees, red poles, pileated, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, plus squirrels, rabbits and signs of deer. The chickadees have begun making their familiar two-note mating call. We think they’re saying Long Lake. March is the Ojibwe’s “Hard Crust on the Snow” Moon, and it’s true. The snow has a thick crust on it which allows rabbits, squirrels and other small animals to escape predators who break through and can’t catch them. During our snowshoeing and hikes through the woods we saw many signs that the deer are becoming more active, though we didn’t see many actual deer. We spotted two porcupines in separate trees eating bark. They are most likely a mated pair and we think they will eventually end up on the same tree. The skies were clear for stargazing, and we saw an expanding cluster. Zoie said the sky was as dark as a crow’s feather. Great job young explorers!

Congrats to MRs. cathy Riewer!

Congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. Cathy Riewer from Bertha-Hewitt schools on becoming a member of the Long Lake 25-Year Wood Cookie Club!!!!! That means that she's been to Long Lake with her students 25 times! When you add it all up, her hard work has resulted in nearly 1,000 students getting the chance to experience nature at Long Lake! That is an amazing legacy! We look forward to many, many more years!