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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Second Week of February

Black-capped chickadees, in their small winter flocks, remain busy in any weather. Like daring acrobats they walk along tree and herb branches, even swinging down under as they search for seeds, plus insects and their eggs. Snow fleas, also called springtails, look like specks of pepper on the snow, are found in forest edges near wetlands, and appear when the temperature is above 27 degrees F. These tiny insects feed on decaying leaves, and with their tail-like appendages can jump close to an inch upward and forward. Tagged coyotes have shown up as far as 400 miles from where they were first tracked. They travel distances impossible for most other mammals. Coyote breeding season lasts from January to March.

Feb. 10, 2017: With high temperatures in the upper 40s over southern Minnesota, maple tree tapping began; this was the earliest in 50 years for one Waterville area syrup producer.

LOOK FOR

What to Look For 02, 2019

First active eastern chipmunk seen (Carver County):
2017 February 21
2016 February 25
2015 February 22
2014 February 22
2013 March 2

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