Backyard Almanac show

Backyard Almanac

Summary: Phenology with Northern Minnesota naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning on KUMD in Duluth, MN. Have a question for Larry Weber? Email us and you might hear his answer on the show!


 Backyard Almanac: the return of Aut-win? and a lifetime of achievement. Congratulations, Larry! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 820

Here's something that will appeal to phenology fans, even though it's a first-time occurence: Larry Weber is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, "for his outstanding service and contribution to the field of environmental education in Minnesota." More information about Larry, his award, and how you can congratulate him at the virtual ceremony, Sunday, November 8 from 2:0pm to 4:00pm, is available here. In other news, we'll have a blue

 Backyard Almanac: Blink and miss Aut-win? Get the book from KUMD! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 638

Two weeks ago it was 80°. A week ago, there was no snow. Last Friday, Larry Weber was heralding the beginning of Aut-Win. Eight days of aut-win? Is this the shortest aut-win EVER? It just might be, but if you want to relive the glory days of aut-win, Larry Weber has written the definitive guide, and it's called Awesome Aut-Win. If you would like to take a copy as a thank-you gift, click on the "donate" button in the upper-right corner of our home page and make your membership pledge online now

 Backyard Almanac: welcome to Aut-win! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 523

Aut-win ™ , for those new to Backyard Almanac, is that time of year after Leaf Drop ™ and before the first lasting snow. Aut-win ™ arrived on the heels of some hard rain and gusty winds Sunday into Monday when Leaf Drop ™ officially took place. But fear not: Tamarack Time ™ is just getting started!

 Backyard Almanac: "Trees DROP leaves; they don't lose them. They're not losers" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 605

Right up there with ice out, freeze up, and first snow is LEAF DROP. And Larry wants us to know it's a deliberate act on the part of trees.

 Backyard Almanac: welcome to Outstanding October | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 642

It's been another record-setting week in the Northland ... September came in only 1° cooler than normal this year, but we saw less than an inch of rain, compared with the four inches or so we usually get. That means, so far this year, September and June are going down as some of the driest on record. Milkweeds, on the other hand, need dry conditions to form pods that then split open so they can disperse their seeds. And another record was broken yesterday at Hawk Ridge. They made this

 Backyard Almanac: When it comes to fall colors, "we want to always come back for more." | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 591

It's officially fall; the days are getting shorter and the trees are putting on a colorful display. There are still late season wildflowers adding to the color, and milkweed pods are opening to release their seeds. Mushrooms, migrating ducks, bats, and bugs are all part of this week's phenology report from Larry Weber.

 Backyard Almanac: "The darkness will outshine the light - well, you know what I mean" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 665

This is the final weekend of summer, what with next weekend's autumnal equinox and all. The BWCA was named, not just the newest dark sky sanctuary but the largest . Lots of migrants passing through Hawk Ridge, but non-winged ones (like snakes) are on the move as well. Plus some suddenly develop wings (giant water bugs), infant snapping turtles are out, and it's color, color everywhere. The Giant Water Bug is the biggest bug in Minnesota -- a full 2-inches long and about 1-inch wide. This

 Backyard Almanac: fall has ... flung? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 507

The autumnal equinox isn't until next week, but Larry says frost on the pumpkin - or spider web - and temperatures in the 30s means fall. But stay on the lookout for birds, butterflies, and dragonflies at Hawk Ridge; insects buzzin' in the goldenrod; apples, high-bush cranberries and more getting ripe; mushrooms and yes, tiny, tiny snapping turtles.

 Backyard Almanac: What's lurking in the goldenrod? Could be anything - even a bearded naturalist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 492

It's that time again. If you're not distracted by raptors and Canada geese and nighthawks streaming overhead, maybe you'll pull your car over to the side of the road and take a stroll through the goldenrod, where you can find a wide variety of insects and bees ... and maybe even Larry Weber. Answer:

 Backyard Almanac: the top four - no, five - make that six things to look for right now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 774

The rain this week has been inconsistent. Larry says the National Weather Service in Duluth reports 3" of rain while he clocked 7" at his place a little further south. But whether it's thousands of nighthawks flowing by Hawk Ridge this week, flying ants, or avoiding falling acons, Larry says there are all kinds if changes consistently taking place in the natural world, as we get ready to say goodbye to Awesome August.

 Backyard Almanac: thus begin "the Sad Days" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 784

The start of school is coming. It's unavoidable. Summer is winding down. It's unavoidable. But these days, dubbed "the Sad Days" by a school-age Larry Weber, now bring countless delights.

 Backyard Almanac: "Is this mushroom edible?" Fuggeddabout it - they're just plain interesting! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 531

Could it be? We're halfway between the June solstice and the autumnal equinox?

 Backyard Almanac: "Awesome August" begins tomorrow! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 689

Much cooler weather seemed strange and remarkable this past week, but Larry Weber says, that's because temperatures dropped down to "normal" from nasty hot.

 Backyard Almanac: wet web walks and "plenty of growing up going on" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 591

July has lost its crack at record-setting heat for the month, and its regained a couple of inches on the rainfall deficit. But what it's losing in hours of daylight and birdsong in the morning, it's more than making up for in young birds and animals, the next batch of wildflowers, and, of course, berries.

 Backyard Almanac: Summer blooms and seeds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 756

Larry Weber observes that if this month's weather continues as it has, we'll have one of the wettest and hottest Julys on record. But the rain has benefitted the many ripening berries around the region. Basswood trees are in bloom right now which some beekeepers say creates the best honey. Many late summer flowers are beginning their bloom cycles as well, including tall sunflowers. Canada thistle is starting to seed, providing food and nesting material for American goldfinches who mate later in


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