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December Happenings

Seasonal Update

Darkness dominates in December as sunshine diminishes in the weeks leading up to the winter solstice on the 22nd of this month. New snow, frost and ice provide for dramatic landscapes. 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 November?

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 View Newsletter. Learn about the Pileated Woodpecker and discover some gift ideas for bird lovers. Bloomington customers will appreciate reading about long-time manager Steve Endres’ pending retirement. Plus, read 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.