There have been many Close Nature Encounters of the Third Kind at The Overfield School this past week–not that we do not have them daily, but a few have stood out:
After school Wednesday, Lisa Harris observed two crows attacking a hawk in flight. The hawk had absconded with one of their young. Obviously, the attack was more than the hawk wanted to deal with and released the young crow. Lisa watched as the chick fell, found it, and recognized it needed medical attention. Thanks to her quick thinking and care, the young crow has been at Brukner Nature Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and will hopefully be returned to the nest back at Overfield.
This is the time of year that honeybees will naturally decide to swarm. That means half of the bees in a hive will gorge themselves with honey, and leave the hive, taking the queen bee with them. Scout bees head out from the swarm and look for a location that meets the space requirements for their new home. The honeybees that stayed in the hive have the duty to care for the hive and the queen cells left behind by the abdicating queen. Our Overfield honeybees decided to swarm the afternoon of our Overfield Night Hike. Unfortunately, due to the Night Hike preparations, I was unable to retrieve them as they dangled from the oak tree in front of the apiary. Fortunately, I was able to call my young friend, Wyatt, who recently received an award from the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Wyatt was accompanied by his mother, grandmother, and my bee mentor Dwight Wells. It was a great learning experience for Wyatt. He was able to collect the swarm, helping him begin his new experiences as a beekeeper.
Saturday morning after Night Hike, I was alerted to a Big Brown Bat that was found not far from the bonfire area. It was grounded and having trouble with one of its wings. I carefully gathered it up and took it to Brukner Nature Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. I am hoping they can help it. (There were three quite different creatures that managed to fly into our news this week: birds, bats, and bees. Amazing!)
I was going to write about three deer and a fox that were seen together on the edge of McCarthy Woods and meadow last week; but I suggest you all read a wonderful and inspiring book; “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse “ by Charlie Mackesy.
This is my final Nature News of the school year, as well as my last days with The Overfield School. Over the past 8 years I have been privileged to discover and grow along with the children who have been fortunate to attend this amazing launching pad into life and learning.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir
Thank You for the memories, Deb – Overfield Naturalist