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

Backyard Almanac: From a wet June into wonderful walks in July

Ghost pipe (Monotropa uniflora)
Chris Harwood
Ghost pipe (Monotropa uniflora), also called ghost plant, found in shady environments in the region in the summer months. Though commonly misidentified as a fungus, it is actually a flower.

We are at the time of aphelion, when the Earth is farthest from the sun. Now that we are past the summer solstice the daylight hours will start to decrease. Though temps were very normal for the month, June wrapped up with an extraordinary amount of rainfall: 7.75 inches, well above the 4.4 inch average.

July brings wonderful opportunities to take morning walks, before the temperatures become so hot. On his walks, Larry has observed fireweed and milkweed along the roadsides, and goldenrod, tall sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, and asters will soon appear. In shadier areas, look for pyrola and ghost pipe (aka ghost plant). Berries are out there, too!

Many birds are amid their nesting period, and the dragonflies of June will transition into the predominance of butterflies in July.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.
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