Retired teacher Larry Weber is the author of several books, including “Butterflies of the North Woods,” “Spiders of the North Woods,” “Webwood” and “In a Patch of Goldenrods.” Contact him c/o email@example.com.
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Bogs are unique sites that seem to combine a mixture of aquatic with terrestrial plants. They may vary from being very wet — maybe even with open water — to being just a damp place to walk on.
I heard the early spring frog trio of wood frogs, chorus frogs and spring peepers all calling during the first week of this month. And then the second half of April came to us.
According to the calendar, the halfway point between the winter solstice in December (the first day of winter) and the vernal equinox in March (the first day of spring) is early February. Not everyone appreciates this cold season and there are many who are looking toward the coming warmth. This can be seen on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.
A fisher — the large dark arboreal member of the weasel family — has come by. From the looks of the tracks, it has been traveling fast and since I find tracks at many places, it’s been searching for prey. Fishers are regular winter residents and visitors here, but never very common.
. Unless there is a notable thaw, the ice layer on the snow will remain and will still be dealt with by those of us who live here all winter. And we’ll remember a few days in late December when we saw how the local wildlife — large and small — coped with the freezing rain and ice-covered snow.
Mid-November is a time when we observe many changes in the natural happenings. In the landscape of bare trees and a daily schedule that includes very early sunsets, it is easy to think that little is going on in the world of nature. Gone are the songbirds that sang and nested in our yards and woods. With the frost and chill, late season butterflies, dragonflies and even the moths that I like to refer to as “world series” moths are fading. Hardy asters and other fall flowers have succumbed to the colder days with longer nights.
Appearing almost black, they do have an iridescence in the feathers that will frequently give a purple or green color to their plumage. Gregarious flocks were seen here earlier in spring are now present again in fall.
This week, I received an email that told of a sighting of a butterfly flitting about in a home on a chilly January day; not what we expect to see.
Each year, by the time we get to mid-November and shortly before the freeze-up, I like to walk out to some of the nearby beaver ponds.
As we leave July and enter August, we reach the time of midsummer. According to the calendar, the middle date between summer solstice and autumnal equinox is Aug. 6.