With the weather pattern of the last few weeks, we have had a consistent scene here as we now exit the year.
Duluth News Tribune, 12/29/2012
By mid-December, one aspect of the weather we always expect is snow. This year, our white blanket has not lasted as it might normally have.
For the Budgeteer News, 12/22/2012
The winter solstice (Dec. 21), the shortest day of the year, is rapidly approaching. This is also the time when many of us participate in Christmas Bird Counts.
For the Budgeteer News, 12/16/2012
I find that the early snowfalls of the seasons are usually an ideal setting for discovering animal tracks.
For the Budgeteer News, 12/08/2012
As usual this year, I began the feeding of birds in late October. The sunflower seeds put out were rapidly discovered by the feathered neighbors and within two days, I hosted nine species.
For the Budgeteer News, 12/01/2012
Late November is our time of freeze-up. Freezing has been occurring for weeks by this time, but up until now, the ice has formed on smaller and shallow bodies of water: Ponds and swamps have carried a cold coating during many days of October and early November.
For the Budgeteer News, 11/24/2012
We have many things to observe in the natural world during November. This is a month of change.
for the Budgeteer, 11/18/2012
Whenever I return from a trip of more than a few weeks, I like to go out and take some walks to get reacquainted with the whole scene.
For the Budgeteer News, 11/10/2012
As I walk through the field, I scare up a grasshopper that was apparently basking in the afternoon sunlight. Its kind does not hibernate for the winter, and soon the night chill will subdue this hopper.
For the Budgeteer News, 11/03/2012
Each year as we reach the second half of October, we enter the unique period of time that I refer to as AutWin. AutWin is the interval between the dropping of most deciduous tree leaves and the time in which the forest floor is covered with snow.
For the Budgeteer News, 10/27/2012
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