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

Backyard Almanac: "It may be cold...but January has got a lot to see!"

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Coyote Tracks Across a Frozen Pond

The sunrises are starting to occur earlier in the mornings, and the sunsets are now occurring over twenty minutes later than they were one month ago. Larry Weber says that he expects to see sub-zero temperatures on at least half of the days in January, although recent Januarys have also had a January thaw.

This is the time of year when wild canines (wolves, coyotes, and foxes) are entering their breeding season. Larry has seen coyote tracks in the snow. Other tracks that also should be apparent with the recent snows include deer, rabbits, squirrels, and mice. They’re hungry and looking for food. But that means that predators of those animals will be out too, including fox, weasel, fisher, and pine marten.