THIS WEEK'S NATURE REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY JONAH, A STUDENT WHO VISITED AS PART OF LONG LAKE'S FIRST EVER HOMESCHOOL WEEK
We noticed that the lake is still frozen! The Canada Geese are wandering around on the ice looking at the canoe that is out there. The canoe and the geese are just waiting to be floating in water. We found a bright orange Cinnabar-red polypore mushroom on a down tree, and spotted our first Great Blue Heron of the season. At the bottom of a tree there were woodpecker pecks, the sunshine we saw on Tuesday must have caused the bugs to start moving. When we tapped a maple tree the sap started flowing right away so we got to taste sap right out of the tree. The hydrometer said the sap was 3 percent sugar. One student reported seeing “a ton” of trumpeter swans, so we did some research and found that a group of flying swans is called a wedge or a flight. We also saw turkeys, sandhill cranes, a fox, squirrels, bunnies, spiders and in the bog we saw tiny white moths. A mink was spotted along the shore of Long Lake, it ran under an overturned rowboat and then immediately a chipmunk ran out the other side of the rowboat. That was a close call for the chipmunk!