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We believe in connecting people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Meetings are generally 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). Check our program listing and join the fun!
"All About Monarch Butterflies"
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 / at Quarry Hill Nature Center / Leader: Joel Dunnette
3:30 - 5 pm: Hands on activities for kids - including butterfly crafts, up close looks at butterfly anatomy, tagging & releasing Monarchs and more. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
6:30 - 7:30 pm: Short presentation about butterflies in general & Monarch migration followed by a short tag & release opportunity (program best for older students and adults)
And visit our program listing for all upcoming events.
August 5, 2017 - Quarry Hill Nature Center - Thirty people came out for our monthly bird walk around Quarry Hill this morning - blue sky, temps in the 60's, and no wind made for perfect conditions. We heard more than we saw - tallying 27 species (mostly the regular chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches and woodpeckers) but we were all happy to get a good look at an Indigo Bunting near the pond. And even though the birds weren't showing off for us there was always something to see. Our leaders Joyce and Terry are Master Gardeners and were happy to point out many of the native plants we saw and tell us all about them.
Remember! next month's walk will start at the WEST entrance to Quarry Hill and we'll be visiting the Oak Savanna area of the park.
UPDATE: On July 30 - 450 Swifts were seen entering the chimney at St Pius X Catholic Church. Good numbers have also been reported at Kellogg Middle School and at the Trailhead Chimney in Preston, MN.
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Chimney Swift Sit
Our first "sit" of the season was not very productive as we only counted fewer than 10 birds entering the chimney at Assisi Heights. Greg Munson, who has been monitoring the swifts, talked about their habits and how we don't understand yet how they choose one roost over another. He also showed us the nest and a dead Swift (photo at left) that he collected from inside the chimney earlier. Over the next couple weeks we'll be scouting the local chimneys and hopefully find their preferred nesting site before our next count.
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Annual Butterfly Count
The morning was overcast and wet, in the high 70s and low 80s with very high humidity. We did not see many species on the morning rounds. The skies cleared off for the afternoon and numbers vastly improved throughout the afternoon. The official tally is being prepared and will be posted soon. Many thanks to Joel Dunnette for organizing, to Chester Woods for the loan of a Gator to get around the park, and to all the volunteers who walked the fields and tallied up their sightings!
Update - July 26, 2017 - The final numbers are in. Thirty different species of butterflies were identified during the count including 1 new species - a Leonards Skipper - that we had never seen in the area before. Four species we couldn't identify were also found. A total of 768 individual butterflies were seen by our volunteers. To see the complete list click here (2mb excel file).
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