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

Backyard Almanac: Plenty of mid-winter signs of life

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Ted Harwood
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Pileated Woodpecker

It's been cold this past week, but Larry Weber recalls the ten days of sub-zero temps one year ago (February 5-15, 2021) and doesn't expect it will be getting as cold as that in the next week. Despite the cold, though, Larry has heard busy calling from the crows, ravens, and blue jays. The woodpeckers (hairy, downy, red-bellied, and pileated woodpeckers) have been making noise too, what Larry describes as "pre-breeding" behavior where they are claiming their territory by loudly drumming the message into trees to inform other woodpeckers in the area.

Periods of daylight are growing rapidly: on February 8th we will reach 10 hours of daylight, and by month's end the Northland will be up to about 11 hours of light per day.