Jeffers Foundation

PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Third Week of February

Red oak leaves that have been attached since last growing season are falling in numbers. Some bald eagles are on nests, incubating, and red-tailed hawks are returning. Pileated woodpeckers have become vocal and are drumming. A backyard feeding station in Faribault at this time of year consistently attracts over 30 northern Cardinals at one time just after sunset. Minnesota is unique because it supports a population of about 2,300 timber wolves, the largest population in the lower 48 states. They are the living symbol of the wilderness, and February is the month they mate.

February 19, 2017 - Zero snow cover on this third consecutive day with way-above-normal temperatures throughout the state. A record high of 59 degrees in the Twin Cities area resulted in lake ice deterioration, more Canada geese returning to their old wetland nesting spots, much maple syrup being made, and common snowdrops blooming in gardens.

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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