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

Backyard Almanac: Autumn Approaches Its Peak

Red leaves on long branches against a blue sky, possibly at sunset
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Earlier this week, Duluth experienced a frosty morning. "I hadn't heard there was supposed to be frost... I think that's about a month past our average first frost for Duluth," says Judy Gibbs, who filled in for Larry Weber this week's Backyard Almanac. "We're still going to get some warm days. We usually do."

"It's been fun to walk around and notice on the ground acorns that have this little peck through them," says Gibbs about this particular sign of Blue Jays. The Jays showed up in record numbers this year. Saw-whet owls are presently being banded at Hawk Ridge. "They catch the owls... and they can just put the little owls up on the shelf and they just sit there, and it's really cute."

"In the next week or two if you have a bog near you... the tamaracks should be going into their smoky gold color, and they're just beautiful," says Gibbs. "It's just a joy to get out there in the fall."

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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