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January Happenings

Seasonal Update

January averages out as the coldest and snowiest month of the year here in Minnesota. Yet if a person is observant, they’ll notice signs of one season sliding slowly into another as the daylight lengthens. 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 January/February 2023 Bird’s-Eye View Newsletter. Discover some winter hotspots for birding, learn to identify winter visitors, plus Chirps and Seasonal Notes!

Current Newsletter

Phenology Archives

January/February 2023 Cover of the Bird's-Eye View Newsletter

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.