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

Backyard Almanac: Quick Greening

Close-up image of buds from an aspen tree
Andrew McKinlay

According to Larry Weber, a hot day in May is not uncommon. And for whatever reason, that day often shows up in the first part of the month. The Northland hit 80 degrees on May 11th. Thus far, the month is also bucking a six-month-long trend; precipitation has been lower than normal. But "we've got a lot of days to go," says Weber.

From one day to the next Weber is noticing drastic changes in the trees. Greening is moving quickly. "I noticed the aspen greening this morning," says Weber who also notes that the heavy snowpack from the winter is likely to credit for the quick greening and for the limited fire hazards experienced this spring.

Migration continues into a "very, very interesting week," according to Weber. Pelicans, gulls, sandpipers, and more are moving into and through the area. Along with singing frogs and sunning turtles, there's a lot to see in the outdoors as the season continues to warm.

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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