Your window to nature.

Please call your local store to place a curbside pickup order. All online orders will be shipped.

December Happenings

Seasonal Update

December’s dramatic landscapes of frosted trees, iced-over lakes and sparkling new snow provide a dazzling backdrop for day-to-day activities. Holiday lights brighten long-stretching nights as sunshine reaches its minimum for the year. Human “snow birds” start planning getaways as temperatures drop around the last week of December. 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.

And make sure to pick up our November/December Bird’s-Eye View Newsletter. Browse our Holiday Gift Guide, learn about the Brown Creeper, find out about some of our favorite YouTube video picks….plus Chirps and Seasonal Notes!

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.