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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Fourth Week of May

White-tailed deer fawns are being born. Young woodchucks can be seen out and about. The first monarch butterflies are due to return. House wrens, gray catbirds, yellow warblers, Baltimore orioles, American robins, and many more bird species fill the air with their special music. Yews, firs, and spruces are evergreens that now look especially attractive with their bright green new growth. New cattail leaves have grown up two to five feet so marshes have also begun looking green again. Gardeners harvest leaf lettuce, radishes, green onions, and rhubarb, and are looking for the first ripe strawberries. Now is the time to plant watermelon, squash, pumpkin, and muskmelon seeds.

LOOK FOR

What to Look For 05, 2019

First monarch butterfly arrives (Carver County):
2017 May 14
2016 May 24
2015 June 1
2014 May 21
2013 May 31

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