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

Backyard Almanac: The Changing Days of November

Large boats on a large body of water colored gold by a rising sun
Jim Jones [Via Flickr]

Snow-vember? Not quite yet, but expect the days to get colder. And the days will be getting shorter. AND this weekend the sun will be setting an hour earlier thanks to daylight-savings. “The sunset will be before five which will take some getting used to,” says Larry Weber. "But on the other end it's brighter earlier in the morning."

Migration continues with juncos, sparrows and others. And ground-dwelling animals are still roaming about as well. “Rodents remain pretty active at this time,” says Weber. "This week I saw beaver and muskrat and porcupine."

With the majority of leaves now fallen from the leaves, buckthorn becomes more visible in the forest. The leaves of the invasive stay green much longer, but non-invasives like mosses and ferns are also still hanging onto their green color.

Although some call it "Gray November" there's still plenty of vibrancy going on this month.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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