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April Happenings

Seasonal Update

April is winter’s last act. The first half of the month usually remains cold and cloudy, but warmer temperatures and sunshine often appear mid-month and continue on into May. 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 March/April 2024 Bird’s-Eye View Newsletter. Learn about pair bonding behaviors and what to look for in several bird species, hear from two of our staff members about their experiences and suggestions regarding orioles and hummingbirds, learn about our new store location in North Oaks, and check out our seasonal notes.

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Phenology Archives

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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.