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

Backyard Almanac: Nature on the move

Sandhill cranes in flight
Brian Ralphs [via Flickr, commercial use allowed]
Sandhill cranes in flight

If there is a clear morning sky in the next few days, Larry Weber hopes to be able to see the conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Saturn. Spring had some forward momentum last week, but snow, ice and colder in the last several days have kept that progress in check a bit. Nonetheless, Larry believes we will see this March's temperatures by late next week ending up at about the average of 26 degrees (F).

Animal tracks are abundant as many are stirring with the dawn of spring. Larry has seen squirrel, deer, fox, coyote, bobcat, weasel, fisher, and raccoon tracks this week. He hasn't seen chipmunk yet but expects they will be active soon. In addition to Canada geese, trumpeter swans and eagles that began appearing last week, Larry now adds sightings of migrating common mergansers, hooded mergansers, and goldeneye ducks. But most exciting was that he sighted three sandhill cranes flying overhead!

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.