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

Backyard Almanac: anniversaries, ducks at dusk, and other delights

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann
Sarah Bamford Seidelmann found a troop* of mushrooms on her walk this week

"Tamaracks speak up and we forget all about deciduous trees)

A year ago tomorrow, Duluth set a heat record for October 9. Quite a feat, especially in the midst of the 5th coldest October on record.

On October 10, 2009, Duluth got a substantial snowfall, which meant leaf-peepers got to enjoy the fall colors through a blanket of snow.

And of course, the end of the month is the 30th anniversary of the Mega-Storm.

American Pipits
JR Kelsey
American Pipits

From plovers to pipits, ashes and aspens, sharpies and sparrows, plus the visitor of whom Larry remarked, "I can't believe he ate the whole thing," Larry has our natural week in review.

*yes,the collective noun for mushrooms is "troop." Who woulda thunk?

Lisa Johnson has been a broadcast journalist for 41 years ... and a radio announcer for a teensy bit longer.
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