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

Backyard Almanac: November Exits on Par

A winter landscape, snow cover along a tree lined stream with animal tracks adjacent
Knut Trondsen [Via Flickr]

Despite the heavy snows and cooler temps, a lot has averaged out this November. Temperatures and precipitation look to end very close to average by the time the month closes.

But not everything is average. There are also some notes on extremes. "We are headed toward the earliest sunset of the entire year," says Larry Weber. "We have sunset at 4:20 which is the earliest sunset." Look for that early sunset sometime between December 8th-10th.

And there are some late adaptors when it comes to migration. “Hawk Ridge is still open, still counting," says Weber. Golden eagles, bald eagles and more are continuing to pass through the area. While some birds are making a late exit, other birds are sticking around for the winter. “There are four kinds of woodpeckers that will spend the winter with us."

And just in time for Thanksgiving, a few turkeys showed up in Larry’s yard the other day. "When the weather gets mild, nope, they don't bother to come. But when it gets cold, yep."

A lot has been crossed off of November's checklist, and in the end, many of the numbers have balanced out. Next week, we'll get our first taste of December.

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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