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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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Who is that happy bearded man sitting in a patch of goldenrod?

Chances are, it's author and naturalist Larry Weber.

(Oh, and don't get him started on goldenrod being blamed for the allergens of ragweed!)

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  Author and naturalist Larry Weber talks about the heat, the Heat, and the HEAT. The days are getting shorter, so he has noticed the beginning of fall bird migration, including chimney swifts and nighthawks.  Gray tree frogs are calling, goldenrod and asters are in bloom, and the blackberries are ripe.  Not many mushrooms, unfortunately, even though we received some rain over the past week.

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  Author and naturalist Larry Weber talks about the welcome rain (hopefully reviving the mushroom population), as well as the Perseids meteor shower, migrating birds, tree frogs, insects, wildflowers, and blackberries.  Larry also has noted that some leaves are beginning to show autumn color – the birches in particular are changing early, perhaps due to the dry weather.  

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber talks spiderwebs, continues to defend goldenrod from its undeserved reputation as an allergen, and warns against eating baneberry: "it is a bit nasty."

Author and naturalist Larry Weber is back in his own backyard this week, enjoying the flowering of the mid-summer wildflowers, the fledgling birds and particularly, berry season.  Oh, and he says we'll get a second full moon this month, and everyone knows that only happens once in a blue moon!

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber joins us from Crested Butte, Colorado, where he's taking in the Wildflower Festival and enjoying some new flora and fauna.

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber answers a listener's question about white pelicans and observes that the record temperature set in Duluth (taken by the lake, no less!) of 106 degrees, July 13, 1936 has not yet been broken!

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber wraps up out June weather (a little bit warmer and drier than usual) and trots out some plain brown butterflies with exotic and lovely names: Little Wood-Satyr, Ringlet and Northern Pearly-eye. 

And in other news, the elusive Larry Weber was captured on camera, working on a survey of the Sax-Zim Bog!

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After a year underwater, the frog eggs of last summer have matured to tadpoles and beyond.  Author and naturalist Larry Weber says finally,  the Frogs of Summer are all grown up.

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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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