Niantic, Connecticut

Nature Happenings

July 9th - Full Moon

July 23rd - New Moon


• NABA National Butterfly count.
• Joe-Pye Weed, Canada Lily, bee-balm, coneflower, Daylilies and Sarsaparilla are in bloom.
• Blueberry and raspberry picking season starts mid-month.
• Fireflies become abundant this month.
• Katydids start calling late in the month.
• Praying Mantis begin appearing in the yard.
• Thistle plants begin to seed; goldfinches gather thistledown for nesting material.
• Mallards and Wood Ducks molt into “eclipse” plumage and are unable to fly for several weeks.
• Blackbirds begin to flock and appear at feeders.
• Listen for the feeding screeches of young Barred and Great Horned Owls.
• Fawns begin traveling with adult females.
• Butterfly milkweed in bloom – look for Monarch butterfly adults, eggs and larva.
• Delta Aquarids Meteor shower peaks in late-July.