THE SUNNY HALF OF THE WEEK
THIS NATURE REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY WAYLON, AVERY AND THE STUDENTS FROM CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NORWOOD YOUNG AMERICA
Spring has sprung at Long Lake Conservation Center. Our group saw lots of really interesting things, including the season’s first Oriole. It didn’t stick around for very long so it must be migrating up north to John Latimer’s backyard. One of the naturalists said she spotted a hummingbird at her house. It’s great to have them back. We also saw a baby snapping turtle, and a porcupine eating grass. Our group couldn’t decide whether to name it Porkie or Ollie. There are lots of insects out and about, including mosquitos, butterflies and a bumble bee, plus the ticks found a few of the kids in our class. Be careful when exploring. The grass in turning green, and the red maple buds, and forest wildflowers are popping, including Hepatica. Our group saw a snail and a weird looking slug next to the season’s first Devil’s Urn mushroom. Naturalist Marla says they aren’t safe to eat, but that they are a sign that Morels are close to emerging. We also saw Blue Jays, bunny poop, and Gartner and Red-Bellied Snakes. For people phenology, we observed lots of happy people. This is probably because of the spring sunshine and the first 70 degree temperatures of the year. It’s a great time to go for an explore and we want to remind everyone to unplug, get outside and to…
THE STORMY HALF OF THE WEEK
THIS NATURE REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY SOPHIA, ALLIE AND THE STUDENTS FROM MINNEWASKA SCHOOL IN GLENWOOD
We had a stormy trip to Long Lake Conservation Center this week! Here is our phenology report.
Biotic sightings were Loons, Beavers, a Merganser diving and swimming under the water, white-tailed deer eating bright green grass, Tamarack trees just starting to get their new needles, wood ticks, a tree frog, and a very small painted turtle
Abiotic notes were lightning, so much wind that there were waves crashing onto the Long Lake shore. The LLCC staff says that it is rare. Amazing cloud formations and RAIN! The bog was extra boggy for us after ALL THAT RAIN!
It was a great week in nature and we want to remind everyone to get outside, jump in some puddles and LIVE CONNECTED!!