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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Larry comments on our unseasonably warm December we've experienced (with no sub-zero temps reported by the NOAA!) in part due to the abundance of cloudy days so far this winter.  Tomorrow is perihelion, when the earth will be at its closest point to the sun in its annual revolution.

Every year, on the last Backyard Almanac of December, Larry Weber makes a request that has nothing to do phenology or the natural world: he just wants to hear John McCutcheon's song, "Christmas in the Trenches."  So this year, we decided to make some additional information about the song - and the story behind it - clickable for other fans.

Larry Weber's renamed the season: "Desummber." 

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Disappointed in the weather?

Larry Weber says turn your eyes to the skies instead.

©Bryan French. Used with permission.

Naturalist Larry Weber continues to hold out hope for what he calls a "healthy November" ... his heart soars with each freeze, but plummets again with each thaw.  So far, November is averaging about ten degrees above normal.

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Larry Weber says there are four ways to survive winter:

  1. Migrate
  2. Hibernate
  3.  Remain active
  4. Lay eggs and die

 Tracks in the Wild, a Minnesota Book Award winner in 1994, has been reissued by the University of Minnesota Press.

Turns out, it's a perfect companion to Larry Weber's Backyard Almanac, and its author/illustrator, Northland gem Betsy Bowen, shares his passion for getting outdoors to see what's what.

©Bryan French. Used with permission.

No frost, no ice,
No snow, no cold

November!

- adapted for November 2015 by Larry Weber, with apologies to Thomas Hood!

Erin Welch

Who knew November was one of the best months for seeing the aurora?  Just another reason to love Larry Weber and Backyard Almanac! 

Thorsburg Photography

Larry Weber continues to extoll the virtues of aut-win, his name for the time of year after the leaves are off the trees but before the snow falls. 

And he reminds us that after this weekend, sunset will be coming a lot sooner.

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Larry Weber shares the perfect poem to describe our recent weather.

Thorsburg Photography

This week's wind and rain resulted in the big leaf drop Larry Weber's been predicting ... but it's also made for a good week at Hawk Ridge with over a thousand raptors migrating through.

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Sneezeweed is still blooming in spots around the Northland.

Seriously.

Sneezeweed.

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Larry says we had the third warmest September on record ... and that's good news for late season wildflowers like the New England Aster.

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber says with the coming of the autumnal equinox, living things start thinking ahead to how they will cope with the coming winter.

There are four methods: which one/s will you employ?

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