Jeffers Foundation

PHENOLOGY

Phenology

First Week of February

Expect the best cross-country ski and snowshoe conditions of the year. Lake ice thickness in southern Minnesota is usually around 12 to 19 inches now, while lakes in the north may have ice coverings over 24 inches. With the lengthening days listen for much spring music outdoors as five types of birds declare that the awakening season is on the way. Northern cardinals, black-capped chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, and blue jays vocalize their special spring songs and woodpeckers are drumming. Bald eagle pairs return to their nest sites and add nesting materials. Orchardists prune apple trees; winter or early spring pruning is best for rapid healing of wounds while cuts made in summer could invite diseases.

LOOK FOR

What to Look For 02, 2018

First active eastern chipmunk seen (Carver County):
2016 February 25
2015 February 22
2014 February 22
2013 March 2
2012 February 17

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