Phenology Files: May 2021

Daylight is stretching longer and longer and we are reminded that we are just a few weeks away from the official start of summer. Plant and animal activity is occurring in such profusion that it’s hard to keep up! In general, May was fairly dry, with drought conditions reported on the west end of Clallam County.

Reported phenology observations this month include:

  • salmonberries ripening
  • Nootka roses in bloom
  • baby eagles spotted in nests
  • thimbleberry flowering
  • “Medusa” the Sequim wisteria in bloom along Old Olympic Highway
  • increased snake activity
  • toads!

In addition to these wild flora and fauna, garden shrubs and street trees are flowering in profusion and gardens are underway!

We encourage you to take photos of what you see (or hear, or smell, or feel) happening out on the land. Whether you are hiking, surfing, birdwatching, gardening, or walking your dog, YOU are the best source of information on the land you love. You might try recording your observations in an app (such as iNaturalist or eBird) and we hope you will also share them with us!

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Email: send to amanda@northolympiclandtrust.org