Did You Know?
The full moon’s height in the sky at midnight changes with the seasons? November through February, the full moon is very high in the sky at midnight. May through July, the full moon is very low in the sky at midnight.
Some Past In Season Blog Posts on Spring Events
Nature in Winter: An Overview of the Season
Winter Solstice – December 21, 2013
Imbolc and Groundhog Day – February 2nd, 2013; Spring begins to show
Spring Equinox – March 20th, 2013
January Full Moon – January 1st – Full Wolf Moon
February Full Moon – February 14th – Full Snow Moon
March Full Moon – March 16th – Full Sap/Sugar Maple Moon (maple sap begins to run)
Full moons always rise near sunset.
Seasonal Events to Watch
Birds: Birds are in winter flocks. Which species travel together in your area?
Trees and Shrubs: Many trees and shrubs have next springs buds already on the tips of branches. Draw or photo and learn to identify trees and shrubs by their twigs.
Articles on Winter from Around the Web
How Birds Cope with Cold.
Citizen Science to Participate In
Loss of the Night – Help scientists study the effects of light pollution by identifying the visible stars in the night sky. This project can be carried out anywhere.
Ice Watch USA – Help scientist study climate change by monitoring ice phenology. This project can take place in anywhere in the US.
FeederWatch – record the species of birds at your Winter feeders and share the numbers with scientist.
That’s all for this issue. Look for the next Naturalist News at the beginning of spring.