Nature Happenings

  • May 4th -  New Moon
  • May 18th - Full Moon 
  • Black fly season begins
  • Indigo Buntings return.
  • Courtship activities begin for Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
  • Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, nuthatches, juncos, cardinals, Blue Jays and Downy Woodpecker begin their egg-laying activities.
  • Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned Hawk migration at its peak early in month.
  • Pink Lady Slippers, Painted Trillium, and Bunchberry are in bloom.
  • Northern Mockingbirds can be heard singing through the night into early summer.
  • Moose calves are born late this month and into June.
  • Gray Catbirds arrive.
  • Painted and Snapping Turtles are moving to dry land to lay their eggs; look for them crossing roads.
  • Baltimore Orioles return early this month.
  • Peak of bird courtship. Listen for the morning chorus.
  • Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.
  • International Migratory Bird Day is mid-May.