NATURE report

Battle Creek 7th Grade

THIS NATURE REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY JACK, GRACIE AND THE SEVENT GRADE STUDENTS FROM BATTLE CREEK

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!!

Battle Creek 5th grade group

THIS NATURE REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CALLIE AND THE FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS FROM BATTLE CREEK

Our group enjoyed perfect spring weather and saw a lot of interesting plants and animals. We saw our first Bluebird of the season and a bunch of Tree Swallows dancing in the air. Both the bluebirds and swallows are busy building nests in the bird houses on campus. The lake is warming and brimming with life. During our canoe adventure we saw painted and snapping turtles, leaches and minnows. We found dragonfly larvae in the lake bottom, but didn’t spot any dragonflies yet. We wonder when they’ll emerge and take flight. Unfortunately, mosquitos and ticks are out. We’ve had our first dandelions of the year and lots of garter snakes were spotted. At night we enjoyed looking at the lunar eclipse. It’s a great time to go for an explore and we want to remind everyone to unplug, get outside and to…

LIVE CONNECTED.

Fertile-Beltrame group

THIS NATURE REPORT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY KATRINA, PETER AND THE STUDENTS FROM FERTILE-BELTRAMI

The woods and waters continued to burst to life during our trip to Long Lake. One of the highlights was seeing a pair of male Orioles sparring in midair as part of their annual mating rituals. We also saw the season’s first Solitary Sandpiper on the shore of the lake, along with the usual collection of songbirds, including Bluebirds, Catbirds and Tree Sparrows. The song of the Robin was particular beautiful.  After last night’s rain, the earthworms emerged in force. The birds were happy with that. Our group found a Gray Tree Frog stuck on a window, and heard the songs on many others. Marsh Marigolds are blooming in the leck, and Cottongrass and Labrador Tea plants are starting to flower in the bog. We’ve heard reports of Morels in the area, but didn’t see any in ourselves.  

It’s a great time to go exploring and we want to remind everyone to unplug, get outside and tO LIVE CONNECTED.

NICE JOB, YOUNG NATURALISTS!
KEEP EXPLORING!