Jeffers Foundation

PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Second Week of December

Many dark-eyed juncos visit feeding stations, where they like cracked corn or millet seeds scattered on the ground. Each winter day, deer eat close to five pounds of food for every 100 pounds of their weight. They are now browsing on twigs from sugar maples, red-osier dogwood shrubs, northern white cedar trees, and other woody plants. A fresh snow cover brings us a brand-new landscape, with roughness smoothed for a beautiful clean look.

December 9, 2016 - Freeze-up date for Budd Lake at Fairmont, Lake Waconia in Carver County, Woman Lake at Longville, Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park, and Caribou Lake near Lutsen in Cook County.

December 13, 2016 - Freeze-up date for Mille Lacs Lake, Leech Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish, Lake Vermilion, and Lake of the Woods.

December 15, 2016 - Freeze-up date for Lake Minnetonka, both Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, and Little McDonald Lake near Perham.

LOOK FOR

What to Look For 12, 2018

Freeze-up for Lake Minnetonka:
2016 December 15
2015 December 31
2014 November 27
2013 November 29
2012 December 22

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