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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.

August 2014
Baird Creek

August 31 Green Bay had a fairly wet month in August 2014. There was a total of 4.83 inches of rain, which is about 1.43 inches above the recent monthly average. Temperature was near normal at 0.9 inches above the recent monthly average.
August 24
Young fruit of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) are nearly full-size now, but they usually don't open for another month or more.
August 19

Heavy rainfall in NE Wisconsin last night. 1.01 inches reported in Green Bay with higher amounts south and west causing flooding in some areas. Almost 3 inches of rain were reported in Waupaca. We are still almost 0.5 inches below expected precipitation amounts for this time of the year.

Returning after an extended absence, the following plants are conspicuous around the City of Green Bay area now. Wild carrot (Daucus carota) and chickory (Cichorium intybus) have been long in flower, but are still very numerous and colorful in sunny sites throughout the area. This is the season of greatest prominence for the Aster family and several species are now in flower (including chickory, above). Giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) is the earliest of the goldenrods in our area and it is now flowering in the City of Green Bay area. I have seen no other goldenrods in flower yet, but more will follow soon.Other Aster family plants include sunflowers including at least forest sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus), giant sunflower (H. giganteus) and of course the cultivated sunflower (H. annuus) which frequently arrives uninvited in yards, under and near bird feeders. There are probably others that I just haven't had time to encounter yet. Also the Canada and bull thistles (Cirsium arvense and C. vulgare respectively) are conspicuous. Where people have planted prairie vegetation in this area, yellow coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) and black-eyed-susan (Rudbeckia hirta) are both abundant now. I notice that there is also an increase in the planting of the similar "sweet" black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa) in our area, and these are also in flower.

August 13 Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) leaves cover the Baird Creek Trail in some areas. The trees are shedding their leaves due to water stress.
August 3
Moch emerald. Mocha Emerald (Somatochlora linearis) observed in Brown Co. by Joan Berkopec and Ron Eichhorn. This is the first sighting of this species in Wisconsin. They observed at least 5 males patrolling a creek and watched one female oviposit in the muddy stream bank about a foot away from the water's edge.
August 1
Pileated Woodpecker. Environmental Science major Kirstin Gullett found this juvenile Pileated Woodpecker on Circle Drive on the UWGB campus. She and another community member moved the bird a safe distance from the road. Chad Kleman from Public Safety kept an eye on the bird and after several hours of the bird not moving away from area decided to take it the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. They determined the bird was malnourished and have placed it with a rehabilitation volunteer, who will care for the bird until it can be released.

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