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August Happenings

Seasonal Update

Prairie grasses, wildflowers, and garden borders light up the landscape with a kaleidoscope of colors this month. Backyard birds dine richly on wild berries as their summer offspring mature and visit feeding stations.

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 July/August Bird’s-Eye Newsletter for an interview with Bob Janssen, author of Birds in Minnesota: Revised and Expanded; American Goldfinches, and Seasonal Notes.

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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.