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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Fifth Week of August

Radiant clusters and colonies of blooming Canada goldenrod attract pollinators. This is peak time for beekeepers to extract honey. Wood ducks feed on newly fallen bur oak acorns. Honey bees, bumble bees, and ruby-throated hummingbirds visit spotted touch-me-not flowers in wetlands. Beacon, State Fair, and Paula Red apples are ripe. In southern Minnesota, maturing soybean fields begin turning golden-yellow, and farmers are cutting and baling their fourth crop of alfalfa.

August 29, 2015: An observer near Two Harbors counted 9,490 common nighthawks migrating southwest down the North Shore, during a four-hour period ending at 8:30 pm.

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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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