In 2014, monarch butterfly populations reached an all-time low—having declined approximately 90% in the last twenty two years. This sparked a Nation-wide effort to help preserve and protect the once common insect and its incredible 2000 mile migration. Now, studies have shown a potential rise in numbers, ending with the 2015-2016 annual overwintering count which reported the highest population since 2009. This increase in population was predicted by experts due to ideal weather conditions during the breeding months, as populations are widely effected by changing weather. For example, in 2002, a single storm killed an estimated 500 million monarchs. Statistics like this solidify the fact that monarchs need a very large population size in order to be resilient to threats. In other words, there must be a surplus of individuals in order for the species to endure.
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Apr 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM
In the summer of 2015, Eagle Bluff received a grant from Fillmore County SWCD to improve stormwater management on parts of our campus. Stormwater management is an important task that humans can take on to improve the environment in any area that has been developed. In many cases stormwater management is discussed in urban settings, but it is just as important in suburban and rural settings especially at places like Eagle Bluff where protecting the environment is important to us and our livelihoods. Let’s start at the beginning and answer the question…
Mar 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Every time I meet someone who attended Eagle Bluff as a child I always ask them “what do you remember most?” and close to 100% of the time the response I get is “the ropes course.” While the ropes course may not teach environmental science principles, the three high ropes courses at Eagle bluff do provide an extremely memorable experience with personal struggles and triumph in a beautiful outdoor setting and this is one of the reasons why our staff works hard to ensure a safe, fun experience.
Jan 20, 2016 4:35:29 PM
For returning visitors to Eagle Bluff ELC, you may have noticed some big changes taking place around campus. We received a grant from the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District to implement improvements around our main buildings to manage stormwater run-off and to reduce pollutants from entering the watershed. One of the projects was the addition of a rain garden in front of the Discovery Center.