||Observation (Click on links for photos)
||Here is a graph
of temperatures for November, 2002.
A Snowy Owl was
reported for the Stevens Point area today (wisbirdnet).
The ice on Prairie Pond at UWG had melted
again and has now refrozen. In recent years the pond has frozen
(and stayed frozen for the rest of the winter) on November 10, 12,
14, 16 , and last year on Dec 18 (Gary Fewless).
The East River at Beaupre Street in Allouez
also froze today. Here is the data for previous years at
that same location. This is the date that it is completely frozen
and stays frozen until spring (sometimes it melts and refreezes
several times before this state is reached). It may freeze slightly
later farther downstream. Notice that the date has ranged over 42
days (from Nov 12 to Dec 24) in these 12 years. The average is about
Wisconsin DNR reports
that about 20% fewer whitetail deer were registered during
the opening weekend of the gun deer season, compared to last years
season. Over 22,000 deer heads were collected by the WIDNR to be
tested for CWD (chronic wasting disease), bringing the total
deer to be tested to about 32,000 (Gary Fewless).
Very little snowfall is reported on the ground
throughout Wisconsin, except in the far north.
||Opening day of Wisconsin's
(gun) deer hunting season. There is conscern that the deer herd is
too large and that the number of hunters will be reduced because of
fear of chronic wasting disease (CWD) (Gary Fewless).
on UWGB completely frozen again (it first froze Nov 1, but
the ice melted a couple of days later). [it melted again subsequently--see
(Solidago rigida) still in bloom in parking lot islands;
tamaracks (Larix laricina) still holding on to needles,
Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, Brown County (Matt Welter).
Strong, but brief snow flurries during the
day, and enough snow in the night and into the next morning to leave
lawns white on the morning of the 17th, City of Green Bay (Gary
Several hundred ducks
(mostly Mallards) are feeding along the Green Bay shoreline of the
Many people have been seeing a Brant near
the Fox River in the Depere area. The Brant is a small goose mostly
associated with the ocean. Most of the life cycle is spent in the
arctic, but they fly to southern Canada, the U.S.A. and even Mexico
in November and leave for the arctic again in February. They are
sufficiently uncommon here to attract numerous birders when they
||Most deciduous trees have
lost their leaves (see view from the observation
tower on UWGB's Cofrin Arboretum). The oak
leaves (red oak on left, white oak on right) have turned brown
for the most part, but many trees still retain them late into the
near railroad tracks, hanging out under a
flowering crab, between Broadway and the Neville Public Museum, Green
Bay (Matt Welter).
||Here's another late season
viewing of an animal that is less commonly seen in the cold weather:
Warmer, sunny days still
bring out some "cold blooded" animals such as the painted
turtles and mourning
cloak butterfly noted Saturday at Door County's Peninsula
Monarch Butterfly heading
south, east side of Green Bay (Steve Price)
fruits and bright red stalks of gray dogwood (Cornus
racemosa) are very conspicuous now in the Green Bay area.
||Warmer weather returns
to the Green Bay area. Today's high was 54 F (the average high is
||First returning Tree Sparrows
of the season , Waushara County (Andy Paulios). Tree sparrows spend
the summer in the far north and for some of them, we are the "south"
that they retreat to in winter.
There is still some good
leaf color in the oak forests, as seen here in the northern
unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Every year in the Green Bay area there is a period
in which the numerous common milkweed
plant fruits ("pods") split open and disperse large
numbers of the familiar air born seeds. That period is now
underway (Gary Fewless).
||A little warmer today, but
shallow ponds and still water remained lightly frozen over most of
the area (Gary Fewless).
We reached a new
low temperature for the season, with the Green Bay reaching
23F and Rhinelander down to 17F at 7 this morning. There were still
a few New England asters (Aster novae-angliae)and
panicled asters (Aster lanceolatus) in flower in sheltered
spots on UWGB (Gary Fewless)..
The Prairie Pond froze overnight on UWGB's
Cofrin Arboretum. Usually it freezes about mid November, although
last year it did not freeze (and stay frozen) until 12/18! It remains
to be seen if it will stay frozen now (Gary Fewless).
The biggest dropping of tree leaves of the
season in the Green Bay area occurred in the last 48 hours, resulting
from the recent cold temperatures and gusty winds.