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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Third Week of August

Fields of blooming Canada goldenrods are becoming showy. Goldenrods do not cause hay fever as their pollen is heavy and sticky and carried on the sides of insects rather than in the air. Wild common elderberry shrubs have ripe fruit that is an important source of summer food for gray catbirds, brown thrashers, and dozens of other bird species. Bumble bees - the great pollinators - are busy on flowers of cucumbers, cosmos, and wild jewelweed.

August 13, 2015: The first common nighthawks were observed migrating south. Rudbeckia, Russian sage, and various phlox in perennial gardens had bright, attractive flowers.

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First common ragweed shedding pollen
2015 August 1
2014 August 7
2013 August 4
2012 July 18
2011 August 2

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