November Nature Happenings - Great Lakes Region

  • Project Feeder Watch starts and extends until April, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
  • Common Loons and Tundra Swans begin to appear.
  • Numbers swell for wintering owls such as Saw-whet, Long-eared and Short-eared Owls.
  • Eastern Monarch Butterflies reach their central Mexican overwintering sites starting in November.
  • Peak number of Sandhill Cranes at Michigan sanctuaries (Phyllis Haenhle and Baker) by the end of the month.
  • Beavers are very active in the evenings while caching a winter supply of food.
  • Waterfowl migration peaks this month.
  • Open water is important if there's an early freeze. Put out heated bird baths for a winter water source.
  • Bald Eagle migration peaks.
  • Leonid meteor shower is mid-month.