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October Happenings

Seasonal Update

October days light up with sunshine and colorful foliage. Expect the first frosts and intermittent summery days with little or no wind this month. 

For years, Minnesota naturalist and author Jim Gilbert recorded seasonal happenings in his phenology reports. Looking back at these reports, we can make educated guesses at what we can expect in the month ahead. Take a look at our archive of Jim Gilbert’s Phenology reports.

And make sure to pick up our September/October Bird’s-Eye Newsletter for tips on end-of-season backyard maintenance, a bio of the Great Horned Owl, Chirps, Staff Product Picks and Seasonal Notes.

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Phenology Archives


Backyard birding


Getting Started

Getting Started

Start here for some great resources to help you succeed.

Attract Species

Attract Species

Persuade desired bird species to frequent your backyard.



Time-tested tips & tricks to discourage unwelcome pests.

MN Bird Guide

MN Bird Guide

Identify and keep track of Minnesota’s backyard birds.

Seasonal Tips


Activities to keep your backyard booming year-round.