THIS WEEK'S NATURE REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SAM AND THE STUDENTS OF HIGHLAND CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN ST. PAUL
One of the highlights of our trip to Long Lake Conservation Center was an up-close encounter with beavers, who were VERY active. A beaver swam right up to shore during one of our classes and sat there, paying no attention at all to our class. Another beaver walked right through campus, carrying a stick. He didn’t seem to care that dozens of kids were only a few feet away either. That’s was fun. The big news of the week was that on Friday morning, the ice is OFFICIALLY out on Long Lake. There is still some floating chunks of ice and slush, so no swimming for a while.
On one our adventures, we saw a pair of loons near the beaver lodge. They’ll be on the nest soon. A Kingfisher, a female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and Golden-Crowned Kinglet were spotted, along with a large flock of geese, a few Hooded Mergansers and Mallards. During our Survival Shelter class, we encountered a Garter Snake. The Long Lake staff told us that it’s been a few days since they’ve been spotted sunning themselves outside of their hibernaculum. That means they have scattered in search of food.
The sun came out for a while, and buds are starting to pop. The deer are active, rooting around looking for greens to eat. It was a great week in nature and we want to remind everyone to…