Phenology Log 2015

October 2015

  • Oct. 5 – Forest maples start turning yellow
  • Oct. 10 – Tops of only a few oaks turning bronze
  • Oct. 11 – First leaves falling on a windy day
  • Oct. 12 – Nursery stock sugar maples turning red
  • Oct. 13 – Many leaves falling immediately after they turn due to mild drought
  • Oct. 14 – Coyotes heard howling and yipping across Alpine Lake
  • Oct. 15 – First night in the 30’s
  • Oct. 16 – First frost on the pumpkins
  • Oct. 17 – First woolly caterpillars sighted crossing the road with very wide brown bands!
  • Oct. 19 – Swarms of Japanese Lady Beetles seek sunlit siding and open doors to enter for the winter
  • Oct. 20 – Another day of warm and dry 80 degree weather
  • Oct. 21 – Most old forest oak leaves now bronze, rust, or gold in color creating a second peak wave of color
  • Oct. 22 – Temperatures near record high in mid 80’s for the end of October
  • Oct. 23 – Old oaks at peak color; most other leaves have already fallen to the ground
  • Oct. 24 – Skunks on the move and crossing roads; thousands of dead Japanese Lady Beetles cover decks and sidewalks
  • Oct. 26 – Many Poison Ivy leaves have turned red helping with identification
  • Oct. 27 – Most leaves have fallen by now with recent wind and welcomed rain

March 2015

  • March 6 – First bluebird spotted atop their new home
  • March 9 – First moths fly on the first day above 70 degrees and on the very same day the last lake ice melts
  • March 10 – Squirrels cavorting in the forest canopy
  • March 11 – First geese pairing up on Lake Konstanz
  • March 12 – First bat spotted of the year
  • March 13 – First wasps and flies come out
  • March 15 – First bluebird nest appears
  • March 16 – Spring peeper frogs heard singing
  • March 17 – Daffodils pass 2 inches tall
  • March 18 – Worms crossing roads en masse overnight after the first day above 80 degrees
  • March 22 – First crocus flowers emerge
  • March 27 – Daffodils in full bloom coinciding with the last snow and freeze of the season
  • March 31 – Fogs crossing roads overnight in the rain and some get left behind
  • March 31 – First wild dogwoods bloom in the forest
  • April 4 – First mayflowers emerge on the forest floor