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

Backyard Almanac: December Begins with a Chill

A small bird with grey wings, white and black striped head, and orange belly sits in the snow on the branch of a tree
Andy Raupp [Via Flickr]

November never saw below zero temps this year, but December didn’t waste any time flirting with single-digits. On day 1, December packed a cold punch bringing in the season’s first zero-degree readings in some areas of the Northland.

December also brings the Christmas bird count. “Christmas bird counts began about 120 years ago and they're just a way of keeping an eye on what birds are around here,” says Larry Weber. “I don’t see them as being an exact science study, but on the other hand they are a good snapshot of what’s going on around us in the wintertime.”

Plenty of birds will stick around for the winter - and some raptors are still making their way south. "There was a count of 98 raptors on [November 30th]," says Larry Weber about the birds still passing overhead at Hawk Ridge.

Despite the cold temps, there's still plenty to see in the outdoors.

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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