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December Happenings

Seasonal Update

December’s holiday lights brighten long-stretching nights as sunshine reaches its minimum for the year. Typically a month of snow and cold, it’s looking so far to be a more mild December this year. What else is happening in December? 

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 Newsletter . This fun issue has a throwback holiday theme and lots of contemporary gift ideas for bird and nature lovers. 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.