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

Backyard Almanac: Hang in there, the days are getting longer again

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Leaves "hanging in there" in the winter on a young sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum).

Larry Weber notes that the days are becoming noticeably longer; by January 16th the sun will be above the horizon for more than nine hours each day. Even so, the upcoming full moon will create an abundance of light at night as it reflects off the fresh snowfall. There are lots of tracks to be seen in the snow; in addition to coyote, fox, fisher and marten tracks, Larry spotted evidence of an otter slide this week!

Take a look for a few species of deciduous trees that can retain their leaves in winter, including red oak, ironwood, and the sugar maple.