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

Backyard Almanac: Fall Colors and Spider Kites

The trunks of two white pines on either side of the image, yellow needles and small boulders between them, an autumn forest in the background
Glenn Allenspach [via Flickr]

The color of the leaves, bird migration, and the upcoming eclipse are all on Larry Weber's mind, but there's something floating through the trees that catches his attention in October.

Spider babies are on the move. "They often move by pulling a thread from their spinnerets," says Weber. "They allow that thread to get caught in the breeze and that carries them away." At dusk or dawn, a glance toward the sun will show signs of this unique transportation. "Every walk I take I look at bare branches or fences... and I will see those threads out there."

You can hear Backyard Almanac every Friday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

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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