Nature Notes
By Jim Gilbert Few of nature’s very early spring events are more thrilling to behold than a V-formation of Canada geese, heading north, flying at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, in honking communication with each other. The geese are returning from states south of Minnesota. Waterways start to ...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert Last year we heard the first hollow mournful cooing of the mourning dove on March 9, in 2013 it was Feb. 25, and in 2012 on Feb. 23. Wintering over birds are usually heard by the end of February, heralding spring. It’s the male mourning doves that produce the distinctive four-part s...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert Normally red foxes are relatively solitary but now they are observed in pairs. They breed from late January into February, and the females usually bear four to six young after a 51-day gestation. The family occupies a burrow that the foxes dig themselves or remodel from the den of ano...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert A common bird in the southern and eastern United States, the northern cardinal is expanding its range northward. They’re permanent residents in much of southern Minnesota, and a few make their homes in the north. They prefer woodland edges, open woods, parks, and backyards with plen...Read More
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By Jim Gilbert If you are able, embrace this month of frozen elegance and go outside where you can feel the crunch of snow, gaze at the tree silhouettes, and listen to quiet sounds. The frozen land contributes ice and snow art. The dazzling sunlight on a morning after a snowfall that covered and smo...Read More
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