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

Backyard Almanac: Whirlwind Weather and Waking Critters

a rough legged hawk standing on a wooden pole
Rob English

Larry Weber takes listeners through the whirlwind weather of February, details the types of tracks to look out for, and notes the birds that are making an early reappearance.

The inconsistent February weather has piqued interest. Temperatures are averaging 30 degrees, double the average of past Februarys. The roller coaster weather has created vast temperature differences, reaching a high of 50 degrees and a low of 17. "You never get bored if you watch the weather, " Larry says, "there's always things going on."

Northland residents aren't the only people going on walks; deer, fox, coyote, and mice are also out basking in the warmer weather. Perhaps most surprisingly, racoons are coming out of hibernation early to get some sun.

With the weather heating up, our winged friends are becoming more independent, looking for nuts and grains on their own. Larry doesn't see many birds at his bird feeder but has noticed, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks and red-tailed hawks soaring thorough the air.

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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