Nature Happenings

 

 

Great Backyard Bird Count 2018FEBRUARY NATURE HAPPENINGS

 

• Be a Citizen Scientist and participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 16-19, www.birdsource.org/gbbc

• Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw

• February is National Bird Feeding Month

• Listen for the Black-capped Chickadee mating call.

• Migration is beginning:  Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbirds, Great Blue Herons, Grackles, begin showing up at feeders and around ponds and lakes.

• Listen for the “Who, Who, Who cooks for you?” call of the Barred Owl.

• Barred Owls, Barn Owls and Eastern Screech Owls are courting, do you have nesting boxes up?

• Bluebird, Purple Martin Houses and other nest boxes need to be cleaned out this month.

• Look for early waterfowl migrants at Lake Frederick and Abrams Creek, such as Bufflehead, Common Goldeneyes and Redheads as lakes thaw.

• Cardinals begin calling, signaling the onset of breeding season.

• Maple tree sap is running, so Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are working the trees.

• Skunk Cabbage flowers are emerging, generating heat to melt the frozen ground surrounding them.

• Eastern Grey Squirrels are having their first litter this month.

• Raccoon, woodchuck, beaver, skunk, opossum and rabbit mating seasons.

• Hibernating butterflies (Morning Cloak, Comma) emerge on warm days.

• Nest boxes need to be cleaned out this month. Begin mounting new nesting boxes.

• Common chickweed appears.

 

SPECIAL DATES

 

• February 2, Groundhog Day.

• February 3, Feed the Birds Day.

• February 14, Valentine’s Day.

• February 15, New Moon.

• February 16 – 19, Great Backyard Bird Count.

• February 27, International Polar Bear Day

• February 29, Leap Day (not until 2020 ~ just seeing if you are paying attention).

 

 

INTERESTING HISTORICAL DATES

 

• February 1, 1905, U.S. Forest Service Established

• February 21, 1918, “Inca” the last Carolina Parakeet dies at Cincinnati Zoo making the species officially extinct.

• February 22, 1913, introduction of the Buffalo Nickel which lasted 25 years until 1938, also known as the Indian Head Nickel.