Edmonton, Alberta

Nature Happenings - September 2014

• 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 — Aspen, Sumac, Dogwood and Virginia Creeper.

• Red Squirrels prepare for winter by caching conifer seeds in their middens.

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

• Robins begin to join together in large flocks.

• By now, most insectivorous songbirds have left Alberta for warmer climes.

• Sandhill Crane parents lead their young along age old migration routes to the Midwest.

• Many species of waterfowl begin to congregate on the larger water bodies in preparation for fall migration, which is a great time for bird watching.

• As the leaves begin to fall, paper wasp and used bird nests become visible.

• Bears are feeding in preparation for hibernation.

• Wolf pups are now old enough to travel with the pack.

• Switch feeders to high-fat, winter foods.

• Full Moon - Sep 8 - The Full Moon of September is known as the Harvest Moon because it is the Full Moon closest to the autumn equinox on September 22.

• Saturn is low in the WSW evening twilight sky, setting in mid evening.