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August Happenings

Seasonal Update

Warm, light winds and sunshine generally accompany the month of August. It’s a great time for outdoor fairs, farm stands, and the first school buses. 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 August?

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 July/August Bird’s-Eye Newsletter. In this packed issue, there’s an article about a young person who got into birding, an introduction to Minnesota’s species of swallows, and a tribute to Al Netten, co-owner of All Seasons Wild Bird Stores. Plus, don’t miss our seasonal notes, with tips for what you need to do in your yard each month!

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.