Naturalist News – Fall 2012

Red Oak (Quercus rubra), terminal buds
Red Oak (Quercus rubra), terminal buds

Fall is my favorite season of the year. The air is cool, the bugs have died down and the garden looks its best. Autumn always makes me feel thankful to be alive.

Here are a few Autumn (Fall) tidbits to add to your enjoyment of the season.

Did You Know?

During the time between the autumnal equinox and spring equinox, the Earth is physically closer to the Sun. Earth moves faster when it is closer to the Sun. And the time between Autumnal equinox and the spring equinox is completed quickly. So, the semicircle between the September equinox and March faster than opposite semicircle moving from spring through summer to fall.

Some Past Posts on Fall Events


Nature in Autumn: Table of Contents

The Autumn Nature Journal

Autumn Nature Journal Writing Prompts

Autumn Photography Ideas (Videos)

Autumn Photography Tips


Second Summer – warm weather following a hard frost usually occurs between November 11th and November 20th. This period is often called by the derogatory name, “Indian Summer”.

Fall 2012 Full Moons

September 29th – Full Harvest Moon – corn, rice, pumpkins, hard winter squash and wild rice are ready for harvest
October 29th – Full Hunter’s Moon – time to hunt for winter
November 28th – Full Beaver Moon – time to set Beaver traps
December 28th – Full Cold Moon

Full moons always rise near sunset.

Autumn Sky in the Northern Evening Sky
Corona Borealis

Meteor Showers
Orionids – October 21st – October 23rd
South Taurids – November 3rd – for several weeks
Leonids – November 17th – for several weeks
Geminids – December 13th – December 16th
Ursids – December 22nd – December 24th

Seasonal Events

Bird Migration

Bird of Prey Migration

A Month-by-month Seasonal Overview

Nature Almanac

Citizen Science to Participate In:

Project Feederwatch – Project Feederwatch is still going on. It begins November l.

2012 and 2013 Nature Almanacs

Naturalist News Spring 2012

Naturalist News Fall 2012

Naturalist News Spring Newsletter 2013

Naturalist News Summer 2013

Naturalist News Fall 2013 Almanac

Naturalist News Winter 2013

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