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Forget May; July is bustin' out all over!

From summer frogs and turtles to flies (dragon-, butter-, and deer-) to berries and wildflowers, July is just begging for you to get out into the middle of it.

And here's some phenology phenology (phenology about phenology?): what we were talking about last year at this time.

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The universe's answer to broadcasting's "seven second delay" is aphelion and perihelion.

The sun is closest to Earth about two weeks after the winter solstice in December (perihelion) and furthest from the earth about two weeks after the summer solstice.

We have a lot of luminaries as volunteer hosts and guests on KUMD and Northland Morning ... but the The Independent Book Publishers Association has just given one of them - well, two of them, actually - a national award.

Sparky Stensaas is the founder of Stone Ridge Press which publishes regional and national
outdoors and nature books. In addition to being the Executive Director of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, Sparky has been known to host Backyard Almanac when regular host Larry Weber takes a few days off.

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The details of a different, disappointing December so far, but a lot more to see.

From Comet 46P/Wirtanen to the Geminid meteor showers to flying squirrels to Christmas bird counts, there are a million reasons to get out and enjoy the natural world, snow or not.

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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.