Weekly Notes ~ Record Cold

 Record Cold

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Snowy Owl photo by Sharon Fiedler

February was the coldest month on record across much of Maine with significant snowfall blanketing the entire state, especially along coastline.  According to NOAA, the average monthly temperature in Caribou was 2.8, Bangor 6.1, and Portland 13.8.

This month as we watch the winter landscape melt, we can almost imagine the tilt of the earth tipped each day just a bit closer towards the sun.  During February we gained just over an hour of daylight and in March we’ll gain almost two hours.

If you missed February’s weekly notes discussing Twilight click here

The full moon is coming up this week on the 5th but you before you look to the night sky read Bernie Reim’s Astronomical report for March.

A snowy owl  rescued in the Bar Harbor – Acadia region earlier this winter unfortunately died despite the efforts of Avian Haven in Freedom to save it.  The owl had apparently eaten a rodent that had been poisoned.  Safe Rodent Control explains the risks of using rodenticides to eliminate pesky mice and other small mammals and offers safe and effective alternatives that keep our pets, children and wildlife safe from poisons.

Hummingbirds have begun their migration north and we can expect to observe them in about eight weeks here in Maine.  Their migration north follows the earliest flowers in bloom and the first emerging insects.  Click on the Journey North Hummingbird site to follow their migration

If you know of someone who would like to work for the Maine Conservation Corp as an Environmental Steward, applications are being accepted until March 30th…

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications for ages 15-18 Youth Conservation Corps…

With the record cold behind us, enjoy what’s left of winter before the spring thaw turns from frost-heave to mud season, but then, any day is a good day when there’s no black flies in Maine Nature.