(Larry Weber doesn't get to be an expert naturalist by sitting on his couch. But if he's doing to be on the road, once in a while, he's going to be without cell service. That's what happened this morning, but Larry called in at 9:00am to apologize, to remind us that August is still awesome, to watch the Perseids this weekend, and that by the time he joins us next week, chances are Hawk Ridge wi
Some things that fly are starting to think about migration (bird, monarchs), some are thinking about starting families (goldfinches), some things with leaves (sumac, Virginia creeper) are thinking about fall color and some things that like walks (Larry Weber) are starting to think about spiders, shorter days and berries.
Larry Weber shares weather almanac from the past month, nearly the warmest July on record and basically no rainfall as reported by the National Weather Service. Monarchs, dragonflies and berries are all out while the songbirds have quieted down. The show-stealer today is the full moon, lunar eclipse and the close, viewable mars. Looking like mostly clear skies should allow for great sky watching this weekend.
Even as he was being devoured alive by mosquitos, our intrepid Backyard Almanac host, Larry Weber, reported some weather stats for the first half of July, the latest arrivals on the wildflower scene, and - gulp! - some early migrants and some leaf color already!
Larry Weber is enjoying the sunshine. pronghorn antelope and baby bison of South Dakota ... while here in the Northland, we're reminded of why he calls it the rainy season, and what was going on back around solstice time in June of 2012.
We've got daylight from 5:15am to 9:00pm this month, and from fireflies to songbirds to butterflies, dragon flies, frogs, wildflowers and trees, Mother Nature is taking advantage of every single second.
Naturalist larry Weber observes that following the 5th coldest April on record we moved into a warm start to May, then colder again. Some much needed rain finally arrived (not much, but a good start), and many plants and blooms are beginning to emerge. We've now reached over 15 hours of daylight. Frogs and turtles are awakening, and many birds are returning.