Larry gives his phenological year-end summary. Temperatures for the past year have been warmer than normal for every month but one. Icy snow over the last week caused difficulties for human travelers, but also for many animals living in the snow, such as the ruffed grouse and the deer.
This week on Backyard Almanac, Larry Weber details the dramatic highs and lows from this past week with a nearly 50 degree swing. He shares the surprising fact that snow fall so far this year is average and answers a listener question about why the trees didn't drop all their leaves in fall. Listen for details about who is moving about over the snow and of course details about the Annual Christmas bird count.
The Chicago Cubs weren't the only bears in the news this week -- as so often happens, there was a black bear in downtown Duluth getting a lot of press.
The warm temps and sunshine mean get out into the toolies and look at stuff this weekend, but Larry Weber says folks around his place are wearing blaze orange, just to be on the safe side -- even in their own yards!
Larry Weber almost never takes a vacation ... so when he requested a little time off, we dug into the archives for this program from October 9, 2015. Have a listen to find out what it was like last year at this time!
Sneezeweed is still blooming in spots around the Northland.
Larry Weber almost never takes a vacation ... so when he requested a little time off, we dug into the archives for this program from October 2, 2015. Have a listen to find out what it was like last year at this time!
Larry says we had the third warmest September on record ... and that's good news for late season wildflowers like the New England Aster.
A thousand hawks migrating over Hawk Ridge, the leaves changing color - those are signs of the season that are easy to see. But Larry Weber says if you're paying attention, you can find things like eyelash fungus on downed logs and something called pinwheel fungus that he's seen sprout out of a single pine needle!