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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

First Week of July

Most waterfowl are flightless, as they have molted their wing feathers. Soybean fields have begun blooming. Canada thistle is going to seed, carried with the wind on thistle down. On native prairie remnants and restored prairies, many colorful forbs are blooming including leadplant, wild bergamot, butterfly-milkweed, purple coneflower, both white and purple prairie-clovers, and black-eyed Susan. From the Iowa border to far northern Minnesota, this is peak time to see fireflies with their tiny flashing lights on these warm evenings. Look for them over meadows and grassy ditches not far from woodlands.

July 1, 2016 - At Lake Bemidji State Park, the lake water temperature was 66 degrees, and along the bog trail the showy pink and white lady's-slipper (Minnesota state flower), two other orchids, and a dozen other wildflowers were blooming.

July 4, 2016 - Much of the field corn in southern Minnesota was four to six feet high. First purple martin young were fledging.

LOOK FOR

What to Look For 07, 2018

First field corn silking (Carver County):
2016 July 7
2015 July 10
2014 July 16
2013 July 20
2012 July 2

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