Exploring Nature, November 2021

by Kevin Shank | Nov 20, 2021 | 0 comments

Monarch butterfly migration photo © Javarman/Dreamstime.com.
  • Saw-whet Owls are being banded during migration.
  • Harvest season for ginseng runs through December 31. Obey local laws.
  • Bobwhite Quail live in coveys from autumn to spring. They make a covey call.
  • Bears are gorging on food in preparation for winter torpor. They are not true hibernators.
  • Yesterday the Virginia DWR alerted hunters that there is a mange problem prevalent in the bear population this year. If a bear with mange is harvested, do not touch the bear. Mange is highly contagious to people.
  • Hawk watch sites are counting migrating hawks.
  • Mid-November monarch butterflies begin arriving in Mexico for the winter. The ones arriving are four to five generations from their ancestors that wintered in Mexico last year.

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