January Nature Happenings

  • Dee DeeProject Feeder Watch starts and extends until April.
  • January 13: New Moon
  • January 28: Full Moon
  • Place your discarded Christmas tree in a brush pile. Birds will use it as a shelter during the winter.
  • Black Bear cubs are born beginning in late January.
  • Red and Gray Foxes begin their breeding season and continue into February.
  • Now through late March is a difficult time for birds; providing food and an open source of water is important.
  • Raccoon mating season.
  • This is an irruption year!! Watch for winter finches like Common Redpolls, Pine Siskins, Evening Grosbeaks, even Pine Grosbeaks at your feeders.
  • Look for Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers at suet feeders and in trees.
  • Stoneflies emerge on tree trunks and stones by open water.
  • Watch for Honeybee “cleansing” flights during January thaws.
  • Start planning your butterfly and bird gardens this month. Include plants, trees, and shrubs that attract and shelter birds and other wildlife as you plan your backyard habitat.
  • Listen for Great Horned Owls' "hoot" and for Barred Owls caterwauling as they pair up for mating season.
  • White-tailed Deer bucks are shedding their antlers.
  • Late in the month, as days lengthen, Tufted Titmice and cardinals begin to sing.
  • Aldo Leopold's (Father of Wildlife Conservation) birthday Jan. 11

Print this page and hang it on your fridge to refer to all month long!

Current Moon Phase