Nature Happenings- July 2020

  • Butterfly Weed is in bloom.
  • Queen Anne's Lace blooming.
  • American Goldfinches are our last birds to nest, waiting for mature thistle plants to provide nesting material and food for their young.
  • If you are getting Goldfinches in your yard, consider trying fresh Nyjer® (commonly referred to as thistle) seed in your finch feeder.
  • American Robins have finished nesting, but will readily visit yards in search of worms and berries.
  • Plant berry-producing shrubs or offer cherries, cranberries, raisins, grapes, or blueberries to help robins feed their young.
  • Look for Hummingbirds feeding in your garden and at hummingbird feeders.
  • Mallards and Wood Ducks molt into their "eclipse" plumage and are unable to fly for several weeks.
  • The North American Butterfly Association Butterfly count happens this month! Participate in North American Butterfly Count via NABA.
  • July is the best month to see butterflies in Alberta!
  • First brood of immature hummingbirds begin to show up at nectar feeders later in the month.
  • The full "Buck Moon" is July 4, 2020.
  • Delta Aquariids Meteor shower peaks July 28, 2020.
  • Beautiful Fairy-slipper Orchids can be found in moist, shaded forest in the Foothills region.
  • Coots and their striped young thrive in the potholes of the Parklands.
  • Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump has an abundance yellow-bellied marmots, easily sighted.
  • The Franklin's Ground Squirrel or "bush gopher" is regularly seen in many of the Provincial Parks in the eastern part of the Parklands.
  • The carnivorous Northern Pitcher plant grows in wet bogs in the Cold Lake area.
  • Rocky Mountain Goats move down in summer to visit mineral licks along the Columbia Icefields Parkway.
  • Fireflies are visible on hot nights over fescue grasslands in the Cypress Hills.
  • By early July, bighorn sheep rams, barren females, and juveniles in Banff National Park have moved to their summer range.
  • Beginning in late July and lasting several weeks, Common Loons will begin congregating on Muriel Lake. Flocks of over 100 should be visible and numerous.
  • In early July, White-tailed Ptarmigan can be seen above the tree line at Wilcox Pass.
  • By late July, leopard frog tadpoles begin their transformation into adults.
  • On hot summer days, the buzzy trill coming from the trees above is the call of the male cicada, a tree-dwelling insect.