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!

 

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber says the big insect news this week is dragonflies, including a huge emergence of calico pennants.

Larry Weber, naturalist, educator and host of Backyard Almanac, tells us that June is typically "the lawn-mowing month" due to the increase in rain, sun, and temps that conspire to make the grass grow quickly. Orchids, ferns and mushrooms are also abundant.  The irises are emerging, baby birds and fireflies are too.  

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Larry Weber's walks this week turned up more trees in bloom, blossoms of wild rose and honeysuckle, new June wildflowers away from the woods and out in the open ... and a baby porcupine, which he did not try to pick up!

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That car, doing 10 mph down the road and weaving a little bit, as though the driver's not paying attention?

Naturalist Larry Weber says that's him, gawking at spring.

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Skip work today.  Play hooky.

That's the word from Backyard Almanac's naturalist, educator and radio host, Larry Weber.

There are 26 species of warblers to identify, yellow lady slipper orchids to go in search of, red-winged blackbirds and black-winged red birds to enjoy, and "in addition to that", it's "toad time."

It took January, February, March and April to produce as much moisture as May has in two weeks.  Author, naturalist and educator Larry Weber tells us the difference it's making with the local flora and fauna.

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On Wednesday, we told you a story about a frog survey being done of the vernal ponds at Hartley Park.  Ryan Hueffmeier of the NRRI says its a listening survey, conducted by himself and citizen-scientists just after dark or before dawn.

Just this last week, naturalist Larry Weber took part in a similar survey: driving a 20 mile route and making stops at 12 dedicated wetlands to listen for frog calls.

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"Tra la, it's May, the lusty month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray...
"

"The Lusty Month of May" (From "Camelot") was written by Lerner and Loewe

Larry Weber elects not to sing, but he's got our April wrap-up (warmer and drier than usual), the word on spring wildflowers (wetter woods would help them) and a look back (on this date in 2013 and 2014, there was still ice on the lakes and snow on the ground in many places!).

 

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Larry Weber talks with us this morning about the imminent arrival of spring.  Some new buds and leaves are appearing in the smaller shrubs, and he's seen some fiddleheads as well.  Among the returning birds are the hermit thrush, the Louisiana water thrush and the towhee (pictured).  Also, signs of activity from the ground squirrels, moles, dragonflies and snakes. 

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Larry Weber talks about the nomination of his book, "Backyard Almanac: 365 Days of Northern Natural History"  for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and the new birds, bees and frogs he's seen and heard this week.

Larry Weber is an educator, naturalist and author and he's our guest every Friday for Backyard Almanac on Northland Morning.  In addition, we've got a few copies of his updated "Backyard Almanac" as a thank you gift with your membership at $60.00 or higher!

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber celebrated what he called Awesome, Adventurous April with a thundershower, a boom in migration and the biggest surprise: a leopard frog out and about on his lake.

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Author, educator and naturalist Larry Weber wraps up March for us: it's been warmer than normal and we have only half the moisture we should have.  Returning this week: sandhill cranes, grackles, cormorants, silver maple blooms -- and ballooning baby spiders!

Author, naturalist and educator Larry Weber talks about this week's amazing northern lights and introduces us to the companion of his famous season Aut-Win: Win-Sprin!

Author and naturalist Larry Weber says the last five springs have been very unusual: either dryer and warmer than usual or colder and snowier.

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