Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum announced the results to the lottery for the archery deer hunt on Thursday, August 24. If you did not receive an email from [email protected], it could be due to one of the following:
- It was routed to your spam/junk folder – check there first.
- The email address you provided came back as undeliverable.
- You did not provide an email address and we have sent you a letter through U.S. mail.
If you have any questions about your status, please contact us. Thanks!
The Minnesota DNR posted the Deer Permit Area Map for 2017.
- Area 218 (the majority of Abbey land, south of I-94) is a Managed Area with a 2 deer limit.
- Area 215 (north of I-94) is an Intensive Area with a 3 deer limit.
Application deadline for the Saint John’s Abbey hunt is this Monday, August 7 by 4 p.m.
We have published the dates and details for the 2017 Abbey Arboretum archery deer hunt on our website. Important dates to note:
- Applications (and the $5 application fee) are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, August 7.
- Notification of lottery status by August 25.
- Hunting fee of $35 due by September 5 (for those selected to hunt)
- Orientation/Safety Training dinner on Friday, September 29
- Hunt begins on Wednesday, October 18 and runs through December 31.
We celebrated the retirement of Tom Kroll this spring and welcomed the new Abbey Land Manager this summer. John Geissler was most recently the director of the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center in Duluth. Read more about John in our summer newsletter and feel free to stop by and introduce yourself in the coming months.
Share this announcement and the hunt details with anybody you know who might be interested. As always, contact us if you have any questions.
John Geissler, Abbey Land Manager, 320-363-3126
Jenny Kutter, Department Coordinator, 320-363-3163
Hello on a snowy May 1st!
If you recorded volunteer hours for the 2017 syruping season, an email was sent out earlier today with instructions on how to pick up your syrup. Thanks again to everyone who helped!
If you recorded hours on line or in the volunteer book out at the sugar shack and did not get that email it is probably because one of these reasons:
- The email when to your junk mail. Please check there first.
- You made a mistake entering your email address. We had lots of email addresses written down that we couldn’t read or emails that came back as undeliverable because they were entered wrong on the form.
- We made a mistake!
If you did record hours and did not receive the email on how to pick up your syrup, please let me know.
Thanks again for a great season!
See you next year at the shack!
Sarah’s Syrup Snippets: Today is the last day of work for Tom Kroll, Outdoor U director and Land Manager for the Abbey Arboretum. Tom’s role in our syruping operations is mostly behind the scenes but if it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have the resources we need to make the syrup in the first place (tractors, evaporators, a wonderful crew of core volunteers). We wish him well in his retirement and look forward to seeing him out at the shack on a purely volunteer basis!
We counted and double counted and converted and our final total for the 2017 season is 272 gallons of maple syrup. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! Unfortunately we are unable to have our end of the year pancake dinner, but we will still be handing out syrup next week to those who recorded hours.
Volunteer Hours: All volunteer hours for the 2017 season are due on Wednesday, April 26 at 5 pm. This is the last day you will be able to record hours online. I anticipate having syrup available for pick up for our volunteers sometime the week of May 1st. Instructions on picking up your syrup will be sent out early next week.
Please be sure to record your volunteer hours either on line or in the book in the shack (please don’t record the same hours both places!). We can’t thank you with syrup at the end of the year if you don’t record your hours!
See you at the shack!
Sarah’s Syrup Snippets: We estimate we put out about 1400 taps this year (plus or minus about 50). On a good year, we would get 10 gallons of sap per tap, which should equal about 14,000 gallons of sap this year. Using the Rule of 86, we estimate we need about 40 gallons of sap to equal one gallon of syrup. 1400 taps should equal about 14,000 gallons of sap, which should equal about 350 gallons of syrup. But we ‘only’ made 272 gallons. The difference? Mostly the weather and a lack of good freeze-thaw conditions. But why worry about what you can’t control. Just enjoy what’s happening and we are grateful for what we did get.
Here is the schedule for the rest of the week. Thanks to anyone who can help!
Bucket Washing: Please wear shoes/boots that can get wet and be prepared for your clothes to maybe get a little damp.
Tuesday, April 18 from 12:30 – 4 pm.
Wednesday, April 19 from 9:30 – 4 pm
Thursday, April 20 from 9:30 – 4 pm
If we get done early, we may call the Thursday one off. We will let you know!
Volunteer Hours: Please be sure to record your volunteer hours either on line or in the book in the shack (please don’t record the same hours both places!). We can’t thank you with syrup at the end of the year if you don’t record your hours!
See you at the shack!
Sarah’s Syrup Snippets: We are a little behind with the most recent ones, but you can see past annual reports from our Saint John’s maple syruping season here!