What a way to kick off our 2018 Community Workshops! Birds & Bogs was full to the brim with excited learners, ready to explore and discover with Long Lake Conservation Center. At Long Lake Conservation Center, we encourage the exploration, conservation, education, and appreciation of nature! Everyday we work to connect people with nature. Primarily, Long Lake serves schools by hosting overnight, nature immersion field trips called the Long Lake Field Study. Additionally, we offer week long summer camps, adult programs, facility rental, and community workshops! In 2018, we are adding lots of workshops for our local and state wide community!
Birds and Bogs started us off in a big way! Following Long Lake'e learning cycle. Participants were invited to explore the bog and learn about birds with Long Lake staff, Pam Brand and Chris Hagen. Pam Brand is a lead naturalist at Long Lake Conservation Center. The kids and staff refer to her as the bog the lady! She knows quite a bit about the bog, but every visit to this unique ecosystem lends to new learning. Chris Hagen is Long Lake’s food service coordinator and resident bird expert. She knows and cares for the birds at Long Lake!! Together, they shared their knowledge of Birds and Bogs!
To start things off, Chris and Pam led a snowshoe exploration to one of Aitkin County's most prominent ecosystems, a peatland or bog. Even in the deep snow, the group of learners, ranging from young kids to adults, were able to ID bog plants and discern the unique qualities of the bog ecosystem.
Next, Chris, the bird expert, guided learners in discovering birds in the bog and learning more about the birds of our Aitkin County area and season. Her advice, keep your eyes and ears open; spring is on the way and the birds are returning to northern MN. Learners used binoculars and guides to spot the birds and discover what species they were noticing on their bog trek.
Learners shared their discoveries, their own experiences, and knowledge, and love of nature with one another. They reflected on their adventure and newfound knowledge of nature. The birds chirped and called, sang and swooned; a song that builds the anticipation for spring. The bog, though covered in snow, showed off its unique inhabitants. Today, people connected with nature, with this time and season, with bird calls and rare plants discoveries were made!
What a day to learn at Long Lake!
Thanks Pam and Chris for your guidance and sharing your knowledge. And thank you Long Lake learners for joining us today and connecting with us, one another, and nature!
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