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Observations by Gary Fewless for Green Bay WI (Lat.N 44.51° Long. W 88.02° ), except as noted. For flowers lacking conspicuous petals or sepals I define "anthesis" as release of pollen by mature anthers.

September 2012 Mouse-over the photo for the identity of the subject
Canada goldenrod

Sep 30 Dark-eyed Juncos, UW-Green Bay campus, Erin Gnass.
Sep 29
fall leaves The Fall leaf colors are near peak in northeastern Wisconsin, as here in Forest County.
Sep 24
woods There are still great walks in the woods to be enjoyed, but the supply is limited.
Sep 18 The climate reports are in for the summer (June, July and August). If we consider only the land surface of the earth, it was the warmest summer on record. If the oceams are added in it is still tied with 2005 as the third warmest summer on record (oceans warm more slowly than the land). The only two warmer years since 1880 were 1998 and 2010 (note how recent the 4 warmest summers are, all in the last 15 years). Also August was the 330th consecutive month with above average temperatures, at the global scale.
Sep 14
Lobelia We tend to think of asters and goldenrods at this season, but there are other species flowering now as well, as for this great lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) in Brown County.
Sep 10
fruit The fruit of spikenard (Maianthemum racemosum), midway in the ripening process. When fully ripe they will be a dark red
Sep 8
puffball This is the season for "giant puffballs".
Sep 6
spider After being away for a few days I found this spider in his funnel-shped web on my mailbox. He relocated to the hedge after the mailman upset his plans.
Sep 1 The usual sequence for basswood (Tilia americana) is for leaves to remain well into September, then turning first to a bright yellow color, and eventually turning brown if it is dry enough. This year in northeastern Wisconsin many basswoods began to change about mid-August, but the leaves went directly to brown and curled up on the trees. In Marinette and Forest Counties virtually all basswoods followed this trend, whether in the open or within forests, where they often stood out against the healthy green leaves of the other hardwoods.

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