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

Backyard Almanac: November is a month of change

Yellow Jelly Fungus (Dacrymyces chrysospermus)
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Yellow Jelly Fungus (Dacrymyces chrysospermus)

After yesterday's demonstration of the "gales of November," today Larry Weber sees a drop in temperature and some snowfall. But yesterday's precipitation - about two inches - was considerable in that (1) it puts our November precipitation already above normal, (2) it was more than twice the precipitation for October, and (3) it moves our annual total above normal as well. Yesterday's rain brought out colors on the lichens and brought out the namesake qualities of jelly fungus on the tree branches.

Larry saw some trumpeter swans and tundra swans migrating. Some hawks are still on the move, as well small birds such as and juncos, tree swallows, snow buntings, pine grosbeaks, and red poles. Coyotes, flying squirrels, deer and porcupines have been active. Chipmunks and beavers are quieting down though. Snowshoe hares are turning white and are certainly hoping for snow cover to aid their seasonal camouflage.

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.
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