February Great Lakes Nature Happenings

  • Great Backyard Bird Count, mid-month, www.birdsource.org/gbbc
  • Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
  • February is National Bird Feeding Month
  • Listen for cardinals, titmice, House Finches, chickadees and Mourning Doves singing.
  • Barred Owls begin calling.
  • Killdeer and Eastern Meadowlarks return in late February.
  • Large flocks of robins can be seen feeding from fruit-bearing plants like hollies, dogwoods and sumacs.
  • Peak of Bald Eagle migration.
  • Maple tree sap running.
  • Grackles return north.
  • Raccoon, woodchuck, beaver, skunk, opossum and rabbit mating seasons.
  • Bluebird and other nest boxes need to be cleaned out this month.
  • Red-winged Blackbirds return.
  • Look for early waterfowl migrants such as Bufflehead, Common Goldeneyes and Redheads as lakes thaw.