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

Backyard Almanac: Sunrises, Stargazing, and Swans

Six Tundra Swans gathered on the ground; one standing, one with head up, others curled up.
Heather Zaple [via Flickr]

November is a gray month. This could be perceived as a bit of a downer. "That, in my mind, is not a put down at all," says Larry Weber. "These cloudy days are just superb." No leaves mean views through the trees, and no snow yet means easy walking on woodland trails.

The sunsets got an hour earlier over the past weekend, and they'll continue to get earlier over the next month and a half. Less sun will mean more time for stargazing. If the November clouds clear up, the night sky will have a lot to offer.

Tundra Swans are a late migrant that are passing through the area. These birds follow a route from the northern reaches of Canada, down through Minnesota and Iowa, and then take a hard turn to the east where they'll winter in the Chesapeake Bay.

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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