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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Fourth Week of January

Lake ice is often heard cracking and thundering as it contracts with the cold and expands with warmer temperatures. The long, loud sounds do not necessarily mean that the ice is unsafe for fishing and skating, but when a person is out on the ice these roars and booming sounds are spooky indeed. Bald eagles fish where open water is found like in southeast Minnesota along the Mississippi River. The brown-colored red oak leaves that have clung to trees since last growing season are now falling. If temperatures moderate, expect to smell the first skunk of the year.

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What to Look For 01, 2019

First northern cardinal "what-cheer, cheer, cheer..." spring song heard (Minnetonka):
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