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May Happenings

Seasonal Update

June skies often sprout showers, bringing relief on occasional above 95˚F days. Garden borders and wildflowers begin to bloom with abundance and the first raspberries, mulberries, and juneberries ripen. Also new for June: the first fledgling songbirds arrive at feeders with their parents.

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 for a comparison of parenting styles of common backyard birds, new and classic product picks, and May/June Seasonal Notes. 

Current Newsletter

Phenology Archives

Male and female cardinal courtship

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.