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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Backyard Almanac: welcome to Outstanding October

Copyright John P. Richardson. Used with permission.

It's been another record-setting week in the Northland ...

September came in only 1° cooler than normal this year, but we saw less than an inch of rain, compared with the four inches or so we usually get.

That means, so far this year, September and June are going down as some of the driest on record.

Credit Lisa Johnson
Milkweed

Milkweeds, on the other hand, need dry conditions to form pods that then split open so they can disperse their seeds.

And another record was broken yesterday at Hawk Ridge.  They made this announcement on their social media:

   Records are there to be broken, and today another fell. In 1996, 799 Turkey Vultures were counted representing the largest 1 day total at HRBO.

Today the counters counted 854 for a new one day total.
 
  You can learn more about this year's fall migration counts and species here:

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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