Photo by J. Harrington
If you don't mind, I'm going to use this space off and on over the next week or so to explore the intricacies of becoming an observer in/for the Minnesota Phenology Network, which is affiliated or partners with the USA Phenology Network. It may be past time to bring a little more rigor and structure to my phenological observations. Who knows, it may even lead me to turn over a new leaf and, perhaps, even look under some rocks in a local trout stream.
The Minnesota Phenology Network is interested particularly in these seven species:
- Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
- Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
- Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
- Common Loon (Gavia immer)
- Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
- Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
- Tamarack (Larix larcina)
|Ruby-Throated hummingbird, male|
Photo by J. Harrington
Common loons are heard around here only very rarely; monarchs are occasionally seen on our milkweed; ruby-throated hummingbirds often arrive at our feeders; red maples grow on the property and bluebirds use our nesting box. Common lilac and tamarack grow in profusion nearby. That seems to leave us in pretty good shape for species of interest.
Next time we'll explore participating in Nature's Notebook, a project of the USA Phenology Network. I'm a little nervous about this because, since I joined a herpetology network to report seeing a rare snake, I've not seen many snakes or turtles around here.
there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.
there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks never know that he's in there.
there's a bluebird in my heart that . wants to get out. but I'm too tough for him,. I say,. stay down, do you want to mess. me up? you want to screw up the. works? you want to blow my book sales in . Europe?
there's a bluebird in my heart that. wants to get out but I'm too clever, I only let him out. at night sometimes. when everybody's asleep.. I say, I know that you're there,. so don't be sad. then I put him back, but he's singing a little in there, I haven't quite let him die and we sleep together like that with our secret pact and it's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep, do you?
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