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

Backyard Almanac: Winter's Late Arrival

One set of rabbit footprints in the snow
ThreeB's [via Flickr]

After a December that ranks among the warmest, January is starting to look a bit more like one that's typically expected in the Northland. Though the total for the season is only about eight inches, the snow is starting to fall and the temps are starting to drop.

With the new snow, animal tracks are becoming easier to spot, especially out on ice- and snow-covered lakes. Bobcat and Raccoon were some of the stranger track sightings for Larry Weber. Bobcats are not frequently spotted in the area, and raccoons are typically asleep this time of year.

The birds that are still lingering around the area are likely to stay for the duration of winter. Northland residents with birdfeeders will have visitors throughout the season, but the feeders are generally not necessary. "I learned long ago that they really don't need us," says Weber about the birds. "If it's mild weather, they'll just as soon eat somewhere else."

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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