Twin Cities Naturalist

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An entertaining mix of phenology, trivia, natural history and interviews with Minnesota nature-based personalities. Blog is written by professional naturalist Kirk Mona and he is joined on the monthly podcast by fellow naturalist Paul Smithson.

Located: St Paul, Minnesota
Tags: nature, birds, podcast, natural history, fossils, weather, phenology, animals, science

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Monday Phenology: February 6, 2012 on Feb 6, 2012Good evening! Jupiter is gorgeous in the sky tonight as is the moon. The sun set at 5:27 pm today which was almost exactly 10 hours after it rose at 7:27 am. Today was 2 minutes 42 seconds longer than yesterday. Here's Natu...



Official 2012 Twin Cities Groundhog Report on Feb 2, 2012The 2012 Report: Today, Thursday February 2nd is Groundhog's Day, here's your official Twin Cities Groundhog Report. At 8:00 this morning, it was 30 °F and a thick fog blanketed the land. In some spots there was less than a quarter mile visibility...



Monday Phenology: January 30, 2012 on Jan 31, 2012Feel that sun! The sun rose to a beautiful day this morning at 7:35 AM and set at 5:17 PM. The day was 9 hours, 41 minutes and 51 seconds long. We're gaining 2 minutes, 29 seconds per day.   Perhaps more important than the length of dayligh...



Slow Motion Sparrows Fighting Over Feeder (video) on Jan 24, 2012Anyone who's watched a bird feeder long enough will note that birds don't always take their turn at the trough. Birds can agressively defend a perch or drive other birds off. I posted this photo to my twitter stream just the other day of a Red-bellie...



Monday Phenology: January 23, 2012 on Jan 23, 2012Our last full week of January! The sun rose this morning at 7:42 AM and set again at 5:08 PM. I'm starting to enjoy having some extra sun in the mornings. We've gained 9 hours 25 minutes and 47 seconds since the winer solstice and we're c...



Pole Dancing Black Bear on Jan 19, 2012I had to share this. This video was captured on a motion activated camera by the Northern Divide Bear Project. Enjoy. Copyright © 2011 Kirk Mona, TwinCitiesNaturalist.com Original post here.