A week-by-week look at what is happening in nature.
A special thanks to Virginia Barlow’s Ginny’s Calendar in Northern Woodlands Magazine.
The attractive, flat, reddish beetles of the locust leafminer are out. These adults will chew on the leaves of black locust, but it’s the larvae, starting in July, that can turn locust trees from green to pale brown / Snapping turtles have been around for over 60 million years. Their small shells make them vulnerable – and defensive – when they come ashore to lay eggs / First batch of bluebirds are out of the nest; phoebes and robins begin second nesting – the first fledglings are on their own.
This is peak time for bird songs. Hermit thrushes, magnolia warblers, and yellow-throats continue to sing well after dusk / Female wood turtles are nesting near water, usually laying their 4 to 18 eggs in the evening / Beavers give birth, usually to three to five young. The size of the litter may be related to the available food supply / Wild turkey eggs are hatching. The chicks will be able to fly and will begin roosting in trees in about two weeks / Moose are born.
Snowshoe hare have switched to a summer diet of clovers, grasses, ferns, and the young leaves of alders and birches / Filamentous bacteria called actinomycetes give soil the wonderful earthy smell that wafts up as you prepare the garden for planting / Grouse mothers make a variety of clicking and whining noises if they are disturbed with their chicks, now about four weeks old / Trembling and big-toothed aspen seeds are ripe and being carried by the wind
Wood turtles emerge from streams. They stay near streams at first but will gradually expand their foraging area over the next couple of weeks / The yellow-bellied sapsucker signals his return with drumming that slows and is erratic at the end / Mourning cloak butterflies are flitting through sunny areas. They’ve overwintered as adults