Phenology Log 2016

Fall 2016

  • Nov. 19 – Honeysuckle plants till green and full of berries that have not frozen or fallen off yet
  • Nov. 18 – Unreal, some forest plants are growing new leaves!
  • Nov. 17 – Another record high of 80 deg,
  • Nov. 13 – Nearly all the forest leaves have dropped except for bush honeysuckle which are still green with red berries, making this the perfect weekend to hack it out
  • Nov. 12 – And now a hard freeze we hope stops the growing season for good
  • Nov. 11 – Finally, a hard frost with temperatures just at freezing this morning
  • Nov. 10 – For some reason, there have not been hoards of flying asian beetles this Fall on the last warm days
  • Nov. 9 – Grass still green as the knock-out roses are still in bloom this late
  • Nov. 6 – First night of the season with temperatures in (upper) 30’s
  • Nov. 5 – Turkey families seem more scarce this Fall, perhaps because there are more foxes we wonder
  • Nov. 4 – Weird, some of the many fallen acorns are sprouting open on the ground due to warm wet weather
  • Nov. 3 – With most leaves down, squirrels running around on the forest floor sound like elephants!
  • Nov. 1 – Another near record day of mid-80 degree temperatures at Innsbrook
  • Oct. 31 – Wild Iris flowers are blooming due to warm weather, unbelievable
  • Oct. 30 – Nursery stock maples just now peaking
  • Oct. 29 – Record high of 86 degrees today
  • Oct. 28 – Forest colors seem to have peaked today, especially with many leaves now falling
  • Oct. 26 – Foliage color slowly peaking with warm weather
  • Oct. 25 – Still no frosty nights, more than 10 days after the average first frost date for our region
  • Oct. 23 – First few Japanese Lady Beetles seen swarming
  • Oct. 22 – Perfect weather for our fall group hike, but foliage colors 10 days behind last year with the warm weather
  • Oct. 21 – Coyotes heard howling across Tyrolean Valley
  • Oct. 20 – Still no nights in the 30’s nor close to a frost
  • Oct. 18 – Yellow foliage of lower-level forest maples nearing peak
  • Oct. 17 – What must be record Fall heat of 87 degrees.
  • Oct. 16 – Fall colors definitely later this year with near record heat of 85 degrees today
  • Oct. 13 – Tops of wise old forest oaks just starting to turn bronze
  • Oct. 12 – Nursery maples turning red
  • Oct. 10 – Forest maples turning yellow, seems like is just happened overnight
  • Oct. 9 – Sycamore trees near creeks and in valleys turning gold
  • Oct. 8 – Sumac and Dogwoods along forest edges turning many shades of rust and red
  • Oct. 7 – First night with temperatures in the 40’s
  • Oct. 5 – Fall tree color seems to be behind last year by a week
  • Oct. 3 – First hints of Fall color in the forest understory near edges
  • Sept. 20 – Acorns and hickory nuts are raining down in masses rarely seen
  • Sept. 6 – First wooly bear caterpillar spotted crossing the road
  • Sept. 5 – Acorns seem to be falling early this year
  • Sept. 4 – Many forest oak and maple leaves falling due to summer diseases like jumping gall

Spring 2016

  • June 12 – Deer fawns born in May are seen waddling across roads and yards
  • June 8 – First butterfly friendly milkweed plants blooming
  • May 25 – Giant paddlefish seen just underneath lake surface
  • May 8 – Ornate box turtles seen crossing the roads almost every day
  • May 2 – White flowers of black locust tress in full bloom
  • May 1 – Gosslings make first appearance in the water on Lake Konstanz
  • April 30 – Snails crossing the roads, turtles must not be far behind!
  • April 24 – New Oak tree leaves dropping their fronds and blowing in the wind covering decks like snow
  • April 24 – Wind sounds different through the trees with leaves
  • April 23 – Lakes covered with green pollen
  • April 22 – Dandelions in full bloom
  • April 20 – Fox kits spotted playing outside their dens
  • April 19 – First tent moth caterpillars seen in small trees
  • April 17 – First box turtle seen along a trail
  • April 16 – Elder forest oaks leaves now appearing in top canopy
  • April 15 – Forest dogwoods all flowering white
  • April 11 – Nearly all the forest understory is now budding or blooming.
  • April 10 – First colony of bats spotted out at dusk
  • April 9 – Late freeze with overnight low of 28 degrees dampens some delicate blooms
  • April 4 – Tiny red leaves emerge from nursery-stock maple trees, much earlier than wise native maples
  • April 3 – First snake seen along road sides
  • April 2 – Mayapples spotted rising up from forest floor
  • March 29 – Spring peeper frogs singing from ponds
  • March 26 – First tick of the season found on a pet
  • March 25 – More frogs and little lizards spotted
  • March 24 – First worms seen crossing the road
  • March 22 – Magenta flowers of Eastern Redbud in bloom
  • March 21 – Delicate flowers of White Spirea in bloom around Innsbook
  • March 20 – Spring begins with one of the few snows of the winter, which was the warmest on record for much the planet. Total snow at Innsbrook over the winter was less than 6 inches.
  • March 19 – First violet wild vinca (periwinkle) flowers blooming
  • March 17 – First forest dogwood seen blooming
  • March 15 – First day over 80 degrees, and a record at 84 even though it is still winter!
  • March 14 – First worms and dandelions spotted along a roadside walk. Catkin on pussy willow blooming.
  • March 13 – First pair of geese seen pairing up on Lake Konstanz
  • March 11 – First mosquitoes out
  • March 10 – First frog seen
  • March 9 – First snails crossing wet roads, first wild onions on forest floor sprout up, and first buds of forest understory bloom, unfortunately some are invasive Bush Honeysuckle
  • March 8 – Daffodils and Crocus in bloom all across Innsbrook
  • March 7 – Moths emerge early, and bats which eat them are expected to follow soon
  • March 6 – First insects, flies, and spiders emerge on a sunny spring-like day
  • March 5 – Forest is alive in the mornings with the chirps, calls, and singing of birds
  • March 4 – Bluebird pairs cavorting near their houses
  • March 3 – Daffodils and other annuals are now rising 5 inches above mulch nearly 2 weeks ahead of last year

Winter 2016

  • Feb. 22 – Daffodils are already rising 2 inches above mulch beds
  • Feb. 20 – Record high of 78 degrees brings out the first insects and flies of the year way too early
  • Feb. 1 – With unseasonable warm temperatures annual flowers are already starting to sprout up through our mulch beds
  • Jan. 30 – Near record warm temperatures bring Bluebirds out checking on bird houses for the spring
  • Dec. 12 – Record warmth brings back dandelions and ticks rarely seen in December
  • Nov. 21 – The first hard freeze of the season with first temperatures in the 20’s
  • Nov. 8 – The first freeze of the season; nearly all the leaves are down
  • Nov. 4 – Temps are unseasonably warm near 70 and we have still not had a hard frost or below freezing temperature