August, Get Outside!

Monarch caterpillars on swamp milkweed

Monarch caterpillars on swamp milkweed

Superior views,  August 2014

August sunset in a murky sky

August sunset in a murky sky

August is the best month of the year on Lake Superior.  The weather is perfect, and there is so much to enjoy.  The dog days of summer don’t happen here, and it is perfect to be active outside.

Many baby birds are everywhere . The young chickadees, purple finch, and song sparrows are more interested in  playing and having fun than their safety. A song sparrows even tries to play with a chipmunk.  Grosbeaks and vireos eat berries from the elderberry bushes that are a month late to bloom. Screeching juvenile eagles sit in the white pine overlooking Lake Superior, but the day’s excitement settles down when a fox walks through to check out the days activity.

Temperatures are 70 degree perfect, but the sun is murky and the lake hazy from wild fires in Canada,

Many pollinator plants are trying to bloom because of the still cold lake, and the bee and butterfly numbers are low as they wait for their favorites to blossom!   The very best has been the swamp milkweed with four monarch caterpillars eating their leaves.

Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

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