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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Third Week of January

The persistent duet hooting by pairs of great horned owls, heard in early evening and other times through the night, tells us this species has set up nesting territories. Look for flocks of snow buntings and horned larks along country roads in southern Minnesota. Lake Superior is wide open, with steam fog visible on cold days and splendid ice formations along the rocky shore created by waves splashing. January is a month for great star viewing. The brightest and best constellations of the year, such as Orion and Cygnus, blaze high in the sky.

Jan. 18, 2017: January thaw! First 40 degree F temperature of the new year resulted in honey bees leaving their hives on cleansing flights, and the first raccoons out and about.

LOOK FOR

What to Look For 01, 2019

First northern cardinal "what-cheer, cheer, cheer..." spring song heard (Minnetonka):
2017 January 21
2016 January 8
2015 January 8
2014 January 9
2013 January 5

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