Twin Cities Naturalist
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March is here, the chickadees are madly singing their spring courtship song and more signs of spring are on the way. Check out this week's Phenology Roundup where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what was seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

brooms will stand on end during this time, mine did as well as others (only for about 24 hours) at work several years ago they stood 7 in a row, took pictures to prove it...seems odd, but it does happen

posted on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 10:24am
Aaron.M's picture
Aaron.M says:

Well, this is going to be fun to read for all students who are interested in the study of the seasons and the changes that it brings. There is so much information offered on this site, I hope it remains here for a long time.



    The study of when you quit is a science that is very detailed and fascinating to many people who decide to venture into this field.

posted on Wed, 03/07/2012 - 10:35am
tcnaturalist's picture

Dear Anonymous: Hate to burst your bubble but brooms standing on end around the equinox is a myth. Can you stand a broom on end that day? Sure! Can you stand it on end any other day of the year as well? Yup! If you have a broom with a flat enough brush you can get it to stand up with a little patience on any day you choose. Where the earth is while it orbits around the sun has no bearing on that.

There's also a myth that the equinox is the only day you can stand a egg on end. Not sure where these myth's come from. They are fun but unfortunately they have no scientific basis.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 9:00am

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