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Second Week of April

Purple martins winter in Brazil, and now the first ones are returning to scattered parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Great horned owls and bald eagles feed their nestlings. Canada geese and mallard ducks incubate eggs. Wood ducks continue claiming nesting boxes and some are laying eggs. American robins build nests. Western chorus frogs call from wetlands; they sound like metallic clickers. Three butterfly species that hibernate as adults - Milbert's tortoise-shell, comma, and mourning cloak - are on the wing.

April 9, 2016- Frosty morning with a low of 20 degrees, and new thin ice on ponds that had been ice-free for nearly a month.

April 13, 2016 - High of 71 degrees. Common dandelions flowered on south-facing slopes, and both wild ginger and Dutchman's-breeches bloomed in woodlands. Garter snakes and mourning cloak butterflies came out to bask in the sun.

April 14, 2016 - Waconia farmer planted first sweet corn.


What to Look For 04, 2018

First rhubarb pulled for sauce (Carver County):
2016 April 17
2015 April 19
2014 April 22
2013 May 8
2012 March 30

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