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

Backyard Almanac: Spring Greening

picture of a small kinglet bird
Ilze Long [via Flickr]

Even with lower-than-normal precipitation rates, Spring is finally bringing the green. The grass is becoming more vibrant, the vernal ponds are filling, and more birds are heading north every day.

Although there wasn't much snowpack melt to create the typical vernal ponds, some recent rainfall has promoted wetland habitats - enough to provide gathering places for wood frogs, chorus frogs and spring peepers. Keep your ears open on woodland walks for a symphony of sounds from the ponds.

The migration of bald eagles has already accumulated to more than 4,000 this season. Duluth has been named the best place in the country to observe this migration. Other birds that are seen in the area are turkey vultures, broad-winged hawks, loons, ducks, and even the tiny kinglets.

Many plants are starting to bloom, including trees. Red maples, birch, and many others are soaking up the sun and the precipitation. With more rain on the way, expect the colors of spring to begin popping all around the Northland.

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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