The summer solstice was hot and humid in Philadelphia. What else is new? It’s all that water. I can’t imagine what it will be like as the climate continues to warm. I like to wake up very early, tend my garden and get back in the shade of the house before the sun is high in the sky and the insects warm up enough to be a bother. I’m just living with the seasons. Happy summer.
The National Wildlife Federation Sponsors a Photo Contest. It ends July 15th
The Amazing World of Hybrid Birds – this explains why we sometimes can’t identify a species
Audubon’s New Online Bird Guide and smartphone app is now available
On the Climate Change Front…
Puffins in the Gulf of Maine are in trouble. Sign a petition to help protect them.
Watch President Obama’s Weekly Address on Climate Change
Download a pdf of President Obama’s Plan at the bottom of National Wildlife’s page
Donna’s take on Climate Change and National Security…
“I think Climate Change is a threat not just from ‘foreign powers’ fighting of over diminishing oil and energy stock, but also from all those angry Americans with guns when they realize how badly and how long they have been lied to and what their future really holds. And we’ll really be in trouble if economic collapse happens at the same time. The environmentalists won’t have to lift a finger.”
Did You Know?
The Dog Days of Summer (July 3 – August 11) are the forty days that are traditionally the hottest and most unhealthy of the year. The Dog Days once began at the same time as the rising of Sirius the Dog Star, hence the name, Dog Days.
In the Philadelphia area – the nights become cooler after August 15th.
Some Past In Season Blog Posts on Summer Events
It’s Butterfly Season: Facts ABout Butterflies and Moths
Seasons and Full Moons
Cross-Quarter Day – May 4th, Summer begins
Summer Solstice – June 20th, Midsummer or Summer begins (depending how you look at it)
Dog Days of Summer – July 3 – August 11
Perseid Meteor Shower – July 17 – August 28
June Full Moon – June 23 – Full Strawberry Moon
July Full Moon – July 22nd – Full Buck Moon and Blueberry Moon
Lammas Day – August 1 – Beginning of the harvest, First fruits, First signs of autumn, Berry festivals (blueberries, blackberries, etc.), First signs of autumn
August Full Moon – August 21st – Full Sturgeon Moon and Green Corn Moon
September Full Moon: September 19th – Full Harvest Moon – harvesting the last of the crops
Autumn Equinox – September 22, The beginning or mid-point of autumn, depending how you look at it.
October 31, November 1st – All Hallow’s Eve, Day of the Dead – the growing season comes to an end
Midnight Sun at the North Pole – the sun never sets from March 20 to September 23
Tip: Full moons always rise near sunset
Seasonal Events – in the MidAtlantic US and around the North American continent
Birds: Nesting season is full swing
Flowers: In bloom – Butterfly Weed, Purple Coneflower, Bee Balm
Food: berries ripen, corn, beans, squash and nuts are growing
Hunting: ducks migrate and are plentiful in September
Fishing: best days for fishing is when the moon is between new and full – June 8 – 23; July 8 – 22; August 6-20; September 5 -19
Citizen Science to Participate In:
In the UK: The Butterfly Count – July 20th – August 11th – http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
Monarch Watch – monitor Monarch butterfly populations
NestWatch – monitor nest to help track the reproductive status of birds
Project BudBurst – keep records on the blooming times of plants
Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology – help with blooming and fruiting times of plants
That’s all for this issue. Look for the next Naturalist News at the beginning of autumn.
What would you like to see in our Seasonal e-newsletter? Please let me know.