Backyard Almanac: Mushrooms, Migration and More
If you're school-aged, the end of August can feel like a Sunday night - nothing to look forward to and all of the fun times are now in the past. Larry Weber used to call this time of year the "Sad Days," but has changed his tune. Now, Weber refers to the latter half of August as the "Remarkable Days."
A healthy dose of precipitation in the region has caused the mushroom population to boom. A walk through the woods will likely yield plenty of sighting. "This is probably the best time of year," says Weber, "where we get a good deal of mushrooms growing thanks to the ample amount of moistures."
The rain has slowed the start to bird migration, but it is still underway. Raptors, Canadian geese, and warblers are all on the move.
For a glimpse of the artistry in nature, head out into the woods in the early morning and keep an eye open for spider webs. "During the night... they take on all these droplets," says Weber, "They show up very beautifully." Look toward the sunrise for some natural backlighting.
Maybe summer is slowly slipping away and maybe autumn is not yet in full swing, but there are still plenty of reasons to head outside and enjoy the remarkable natural world all around us.