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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Fourth Week of December

Birds add beauty to our lives with their colors, vocalizations, and actions. They are warm blooded so they can be active all winter, and they see in color. About 16 species visit southern Minnesota feeding stations, the largest being wild turkeys and ring-necked pheasants and the smallest American goldfinches and black-capped chickadees. Of the 9,700 species of birds living on Earth, 430 have been seen in Minnesota, 314 of them regularly. More than 200 bird species nest in Minnesota and close to 100 species during the winter. Forty years of statistics reveal that there is a 92 percent chance of a white Christmas in International Falls, with one inch or more snow, and a 72 percent chance in the Twin Cities.

December 31, 2015: A very late freeze-up date on Lake Minnetonka, and Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.

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Freeze-up for Lake Minnetonka:
2015 December 31
2014 November 27
2013 November 29
2012 December 22
2011 December 16

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