The last few days were warm in Philadelphia. January 14, 2013 had a high of 58°F with a low of 38°F. This is not normal. The average January temperature is 25.5°F.
It feels like unseasonably warm is the “new winter”. But, still it is winter. Here is a some of the winter happenings you can look out for.
Did You Know?
Male deer shed their antlers in late winter? Antlers shed and horns do not. Antlers grow on male animals not females. Horns grow on both male and female animals.
Some Past In Season Blog Posts on Winter Events
Nature in Winter: an overview of the season with links to posts on winter happenings
Winter Nature Journal Prompts
Searching for Abandoned Bird Nests
Season holiday: Imbolc – February 2nd (Groundhog Day) – Spring begins to show
Spring Equinox – March 20th (day and night are of equal length, the days begin to grow longer after today)
January Full Moon – Full Wolf Moon
February Full Moon – Full Snow Moon
March Full Moon – March 8th – Worm Moon (worms seen above ground)
Full moons always rise near sunset
Birds: Watching water birds, Mating season for Great Horned Owls
Sky: Quadrantids meteor shower,
Birds: Feeder watching, winter birds, Great Backyard Bird Count
Nature in Spring: An Overview of the season.
Birds: Waterfowl begin northward migration, Early nesting species begin breeding
Flowers: In bloom – Skunk Cabbage
Trees: Tree buds swell, pollen released
Sky: Spring Equinox
Citizen Science to Participate In:
Project Feederwatch – Project Feederwatch is still going on. It ends the first Friday in April. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/index.html
Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology – help with blooming and fruiting times of plants
Articles to read about Winter
When the Mercury Drops, Great Horned Owls Gear Up for Courtship
Cougars are in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley. This is an informative article on the big cats. Cougars: On the Trail of the Ghost Cat
That’s all for this issue. Look for the next Naturalist News at the beginning of spring.