Nature Happenings - June

  • June is Perennial Garden Month & National Rivers Month
  • Luna moths can be seen at night.
  • Some late, insect-eating migrants, such as nighthawks and swifts, are just arriving in Alberta.
  • If you love bird song, this is the best time of year over most of Alberta.
  • Take a moment to smell the outdoors, In most places, June is a fragrant month, with many blooming flowers.
  • Garter snakes are seen in yards.
  • Monarch butterflies arrive in Alberta from the south, at least in the grasslands.
  • Viceroy, Fritillary and Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly mating seasons.
  • Most wild orchids bloom in June, and flower photographers tread carefully along peatland trails to find them.
  • Listen for the trilling sound of the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird's wings as it darts about in search of insects, nectar and females.
  • Keep nectar feeders fresh and change sugar solutions every three days as the temperature rises.
  • Many summer birds are not frequent feeder visitors but will seek out fresh water to beat the summer heat.
  • In new open space, watch for Say's Phoebes, Western Kingbirds, shrikes and various flycatchers to search for flying insects and water to wash them down.
  • Some cavity-dwelling species may attempt to start a second brood, so check your nest boxes to clean out sterile eggs, spiders, wasps or other debris and consider adding fresh cedar shavings.
  • Poplar "fluff" is in the air, but that's not why some folks sneeze - it is also the season for grass pollen allergies.