Edmonton, Alberta

Nature Happenings - September 2013

• Western Meadowlarks migrate.

• Mule Deer are shedding the velvet from their antlers.

• Asters are the last plants to bloom.

• Fall hawk migration begins.

• Monarch Butterfly migration peaks.

• Bats are busy feeding, building fat for hibernation and migration.

• Blackbird (grackles, cowbirds and redwings) flocks can number in the thousands.

• Shorebird migration ends.

• Fall migration peaks for warblers and others.

• Bucks and bulls polishing their antlers; look for deer and elk rubs.

• Autumn colours begin — Sumac, dogwood and Virginia Creeper.

• Hummingbirds have left by the first or second week of the month.

• Robins begin to join together in large flocks.

• Bears are feeding in preparation for hibernation.

• Switch feeders to high-fat, winter foods.

• Full Moon - Sep 19.

• Venus low in bright evening twilight early in the month.