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May Happenings

Seasonal Update

Warm temperatures and rain work to continue the greening-up process. May’s a month of numerous woodland wildflowers, continued bird migration, nesting activity, and usually delightful weather.

Below are some entries from our Jim Gilbert’s Phenology Archives to help you compare months from one year to another. What else is happening 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.

Our Bird’s-Eye View Newsletter has a fresh look! In this issue, discover ways to thoughtfully share your outdoor spaces with the birds, read about Minnesota’s most common blue-hued birds, read about our community environmental education efforts, and explore some May/June seasonal notes and tips.

Current Newsletter

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.