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Phenology and Nature Notes by Discovery Center Staff

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8/16/17: Leaves changing colors and falling

8/10/17: Hazelnuts ripening

8/1/17: Bunchberry berries are out

7/28/17: Bullfrogs Calling

7/26/17: Canada Goldenrod Blooming, Wild Blueberries Ripening

7/21/17: Indian Pipe Blooming

7/18/17: We released our First Monarch Butterfly! (Male)

7/10/17: Black eyed Susans Blooming, Blueberries starting to fruit, Milkweed Blooming

7/5/17: First Monarch Chrysalis

7/2/17: Cicadas Calling

6/18/17: Orange and Yellow Hawkweed

6/12/17: Monarch Butterflies are back

6/10/17: Snapping Turtles Laying Eggs

6/8/17: Yellow Water Lily Blooming

6/7/17: Green Frogs calling, Fireflies

6/6/17: Starflower, Bunch berry

5/29/17: Tiger Swallowtail

5/26/17: Bog Laurel, Blueberry Blooming, Tree Frogs, Veery, Robins Fledging

5/25/17: Trillium

5/23/17: Cottongrass, Fringed Polygala, June Beetle, Belted Kingfisher on Manitowish River

5/16/17: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Jack-in-the-pulpit, dragonflies

5/12/17: Wood Anemone, Chestnut-sided Warbler

5/11/17: Black-throated Green Warbler

5/10/17: Overnbird, Wood Violets, Wild Strawberry, Winter Wren, Canada Mayflower

5/8/17: Leatherleaf and Barren Strawberry

5/6/17: Dandelions, Black Morels

5/4/17: False Morels

4/30/17: White-throated and Chipping Sparrows, Tree Swallows

4/27/17: 3-5 inches of snow today

-White-crowned Sparrows migrating through

4/24/17: Trailing Arbutus in bloom

4/22/17: Yellow-rumped Warblers, Blue-spotted Salamanders coming out of hibernation

4/17/17: Golden-crowned Kinglets, Pine Warblers

4/16/17: Turtles sunning themselves!

4/13/17: Song Sparrows, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

4/12/17: Northern Flickers, Osprey on nesting platform, Hermit Thrush, Wood Frogs

4/11/17: Fox Sparrows, 5-6 inches of snow last night but it melted by mid-day

4/10/17: Ice out on Statehouse Lake

-Crocuses blooming

-Dark-eyed Juncos

4/7/17: Spring Peepers/Chorus Frogs singing

4/3/17: Phoebes and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

-Woodcocks doing courtship displays

4/2/17: Boiled sap, Sandhill Cranes, ticks out, chipmunks out

4/1/17: Robins singing (have been around since February, but now singing)

-Woodpeckers drumming for mates

3/20-4/1/17: Collected maple sap

3/26/17: Grouse drumming

3/25/17: Bear tracks!

3/23/17: Common Redpoll and Purple Finches back

3/20/17: Brown Creeper has been hanging around the program office!

-Two geese flying over center this morning

3/7/17: Snow is almost completely gone!

2/17/17, 2/19/17: Temperature was 54 degrees today!

2/14/17: Pine Siskin at NLDC feeders

2/10/17: Robin spotted at North Lakeland School

12/9/17: Statehouse Lake is completely frozen

11/19/16: First snow of the year!

11/2/16: Tamaracks have dropped their needles

9/16/16: We raised and released 64 Monarchs this year (34 male, 30 female)

9/12/16: Northern Flickers moving south

9/9/16: Winterberry fruiting

9/7/16: Geese flying over-migrating through

8/28/16: ~20 Nighthawks spotted above the Center-migrating through

8/25/16: Snapping turtles hatched and moving to the lake, mushrooms everywhere!

8/16/16: Coral fungus and Pileated Woodpecker on lake trail

8/12/16: Rattlesnake root blooming, Indian pipe everywhere after rain!

8/11/16: Blackerries ripening

8/5/16: Bunchberry fruiting, Large-leaf Aster flowering, 3 Northern Flickers on Interpretive Trail

8/3/16: Hummingbird fledglings all over!

7/30/16: Wintergreen flowering and fruiting, Canada Mayflower fruiting, Indian Pipe

7/29/16: Fungi popping up-Lobster Mushrooms, Fairy Fans, etc.

7/25/16: Evening primrose and pickerel weed in bloom, baby toads hatching

7/16/16: Shinleaf in bloom

7/2/16: Tiny ruffed grouse babies - 2nd batch of the year

7/1/16: Spotted coral root (orchid) in bloom

6/28/16: One-flowered wintergreen in bloom

6/17/16: Blue flag iris in bloom

6/14/16: Pipsissewa and black raspberry blooming

6/10/16: Snapping and Painted Turtles laying like crazy


-starflower, bunchberry, and blueberry in bloom

5/28/16: Tiger swallowtails are back!

-False soloman's seal and heal-all in bloom

5/25/16: Canada Mayflower, lupine, and bog rosemary in bloom

5/23/16: Toads calling, whip-poor-will calling in Presque Isle, bog laurel in bloom

5/16/16: Fringed polygala in bloom

5/15/16: Wood anemone in bloom, summe tanager female spotted in Eagle River

5/14/16: 76 species at Birdfest!

5/11/16: Least flycatchers; evening grosbeak banded!

5/7/16: Black and White Warbler, chorus frogs calling

5/6/16: Black-throated green warbler, Nashville warbler, Honeysuckle flowering, dragonflies are out, false morels

5/3/16: Tree frogs

5/2/16: Trailing arbutus, spring beauty, wood violet, and hepatica in bloom

False morels

Leatherleaf in bloom

4/30/16: Osprey pair and bald eagle pair on Statehouse Lake

4/29/16: Bloodroot in bloom

Painted turtle hatchlings are emerging

4/28/16: Leopard frogs

4/20/16: Hermit thrush, song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, loons, yellow-rumped warbler

4/15/16: Crocuses, spring peepers

4/13/16: Brown creeper

4/12/16: Wood frogs, white-throated sparrows

Ice off!

3/30/16: Red-winged blackbirds, phoebes

3/29/16: Dark-eyed junco

3/27/16: First woodcock display in field

3/26/16: Slugs

3/17/16: Hooded merganser, winter wren

3/16/16: European starling, common grackle, and mourning doves are back!

3/13/16:  Cranes

Dead skunk in the middle of the road!

3/12/16:  64 degrees and most of the snow has gone! skunks are out, robins, red-winged blackbirds, cranes- have all been spotted in the area- Tapped the maple trees today!

3/11/16: First geese seen flying over the Center

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