We believe in connecting people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Most meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Our speakers give presentations about a wide range of topics - not just birds.
The majority of our events are cancelled through this summer to assist in slowing the spread of Covid-19. Keep safe, keep calm get outdoors when you can, help those around you and soon we'll be back enjoying our wonderful world.
August 1 - Quarry Hill Bird Walk - The birds were pretty shy on our walk at Quarry Hill this morning - so even though we saw and/or heard 18 different species we didn't get a single photo. The plants stayed put for photos and we enjoyed seeing what's currently in bloom up in the Oak Savanna. Also seen were 5 butterfly species (Monarch, Northern Pearly Eye, Orange Sulphur, Fritillary and several Easter Tiger Swallowtails) and one American Toad. All in all it was a beautiful morning to be out in nature.
Birds species: Blue Jays, Gold Finches, Northern Cardinal, Robin, Chickadee, House Wren, Mourning Dove, Easter Wood Peewee, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Bluebirds Cedar Waxwings,
Oriole, House Finch, Chimney Swift, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Easter Kingbird
Thanks to Terry and Joyce Grier for leading the walk and to Patty Trnka and Terri Dugan for helping to identify some mystery plants, The savanna is looking great this year - be sure to visit if you get a chance!
July 17 - Annual Butterfly Count - We rescheduled our count to take place on Friday the 17th to avoid the heat stroke conditions predicted for the 18th. It was still pretty hot and humid, but manageable as a good breeze and some clouds provided a little shade. Our 11 counters traveled many miles as they went out to local hot spots in small teams or individually. This year's count sites included Chester Woods, Quarry Hill, Essex Park, Northern Hills, Eastside WMA, the Silver Creek and Willow Creek Reservoirs, Haverhill, and the Autumn Ridge / History Center area. We are still tabulating the tally sheets but saw at least 32 species (see list here - we'll update it as more info comes in). And you can see even more photos on our FB album here.
July 4 - Quarry Hill Bird Walk - This month we hiked through the Oak Savanna on Quarry Hill's west side. It was a steamy day and we enjoyed the shade of the big Oaks. We saw or heard 19 species of birds, 10 species of butterflies and one America Toad. Many wildflowers are now in full bloom and we liked it so much up there that we've decided to hold our August walk there as well. See more photos on our Facebook Page
Bird list: N Cardinal, Blue Jay, Robin, Crow, Red-winged Blackbird, Chipping Sparrow, White Breasted Nuthatch, Catbird, Mourning Dove, Eastern Wood peewee, House Wren, Goldfinch, Indigo bunting, Flycatcher species, Red-bellied woodpecker, Blue gray Gnatcatcher, Field Sparrpw, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird
Butterflies: Northern Pearly Eye, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Monarchs, Common Wood Nymph, Great Spangled Fritillary, Banded Hairstreak, Silvery checkerspot, Least Skipper, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur.
Odes: Widow Skimmer Dragonfly
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Thanks to Joyce & Terry Grier for leading the walk!
June 20-21 - Butterflies! - Hackberry Emperor butterflies have invaded Hwy 74 in the Whitewater Valley. This huge emergence seems to take place every few years, but not everywhere. That area seems to be good for Hackberry Emperors. Seeing dozens of butterflies flitting around you can be quite an experience. And Hackberry Emperors often will land on people to sip their sweat! Now is the time to enjoy looking for butterflies. And be sure to add native plants to your backyard in support of these wonderful creatures. Click here to download a sheet showing the common butterflies of SE Minnesota.
Advocacy - Learn how to contact your senators and representatives to speak up for the environment.
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