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Environment & Outdoors
Backyard Almanac
Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning. Have a question for Larry Weber? Email us and you might hear his answer on the show!

Backyard Almanac: so far, "the dark month" is bright sunny skies and bright moonlit nights

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So far, December is following the pattern set by October and November: quiet and dry, thawing during the day and freezing up overnight.

Starting Monday, the dark month earns its nickname with 4:20pm sunsets - the earliest of the year - for about a week.  And then ... they start getting later again.

Could spring be far behind?  It's probably too soon to ask that.

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This is not a flying squirrel. It IS a squirrel and he IS flying, but he's a red squirrel flying, not a flying squirrel. Got it?

Larry also mentioned it's almost Christmas Bird Count time again; you can find a lot of information about the Count and how you can take part in our area by checking out these links on Audubon's website.

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This northern shrike was camera-shy. The rest of the photos showed only the back of his head.

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