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January Happenings

Seasonal Update

January is a month of frozen beauty, with signs of spring if you know where to look: a cardinal begins singing its “what cheer cheer” song, Downy Woodpeckers begin drumming territories and pair bonding sounds, and Great Horned Owls lay eggs in their nests.  What else is happening in January? 

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 January/February Bird’s-Eye Newsletter. You’ll learn about the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and discover where our summer birds spend their winters. It also includes our 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.