Every day brings new wonders. What does Mother Nature have in store for us in the coming weeks? Find out everything from the phases of the moon to wildlife happenings in our Outdoor Almanac.
Daylilies are in bloom. Each individual flower opens for a single day.
Those “chirping birds” we sometimes hear on a sultry afternoon may actually be a chorus of tiny gray tree frogs.
Full moon, or the Buck Moon (Native American). The origin of this name refers to the annual shedding and regrowth of a buck’s antlers, which have once again reached their full size by this time of year.
Blackberries ripen. Unhindered by the thorny brambles, robins, catbirds, orioles, and mockingbirds forage for the fruit.
Look for the muted pink of common milkweed, the brilliant orange of butterfly weed, and the light to darkish purple of swamp milkweed.
The sweet, strong scent of white-flowered swamp azalea emanates from freshwater wetlands.
After dark, look for luna moths near porch lights and other illuminated locations. Only existing in its adult phase for a week, this species is conspicuous with its four and-a-half-inch wingspan and striking light-green color.
Peak of the Perseids meteor shower. After midnight, shooting stars, as many as 60 per hour, flare through the darkened sky.
After sundown, watch for Mercury low in the western sky. The best viewing occurs now because the planet is at its highest point on the horizon today.
Full moon, or the Dog Days Moon (Colonial American). This refers to the hottest time of year.
On rainy days in wooded areas look for red terrestrial juvenile newts, or efts as they’re known, on roots and rocks.
When evening falls, watch for the dramatic pairing of Venus and Jupiter in the western sky as it darkens. The planets appear extremely close together.
Common loons arrive for the winter. Watch for them floating on open water.
Red admiral butterflies linger near nectar on autumn wildflowers.
Full moon, or the Singing Moon (Celtic).
Last of the ruby-throated hummingbirds should be on their way to southern climes.
Autumnal equinox. Fall begins. Days and nights are equal length.
Some lingering shorebirds can still be sighted on the beach.