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June Happenings

Seasonal Update

June rains may swamp picnics, but Minnesotans aren’t deterred as they enjoy the month’s warmer temperatures and longer days. Birds are busy nesting and raising young. 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 in June?

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 May/June Bird’s-Eye Newsletter. In this 30th Anniversary issue, you’ll learn about birds’ anatomical terms, tips for orioles and hummingbirds, and where to go birding (beyond your backyard) in the Twin Cities Metro Area. It also includes our 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.