Nature  / Fun Happenings

  • Dec. 1-31: Project FeederWatch continues
  • December is Universal Human Rights ,National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month and Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • Dec. 7: New Moon, Dec. 15: First Quarter Moon, Dec 22:  Full Moon, Dec 29:  Last Quarter Moon
  • Dec. 2: National Mutt Day: www.nationalmuttday.com and Special Education Day
  • Dec 2-9: Chanukah
  • Dec. 4:  World  Wildlife Conservation Day and National Cookie Day
  • Dec. 6: St. Nicolas Day
  • Dec 7:  National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • Dec 10: Human Rights Day
  • Dec 12:  National Cocoa Day
  • Dec 13-14: Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks
  • Dec. 14: Christmas Bird Count begins: www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count
  • Dec. 21: Winter Solstice -  5:23 PM  The sun is at its lowest point in the sky. It’s the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter.      
  • Dec. 25: Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26: Boxing and National Candy Cane Day
  • Dec. 28: Endangered Species Act Day
  • Dec. 28 & 29: National Chocolate Days
  • Dec 30:  Bacon Day
  • Dec 31:  New Years Eve
  • Sumac, Bittersweet, Poison Ivy and other berries remain throughout the winter, providing food for many species of birds.
  • Winter raptors may show up, including Snowy Owls and
    Northern Goshawks.
  • Chipmunks and raccoons hole up for the winter, but may reappear with mild winter weather.
  • Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and crossbills visit feeders now through March.
  • Eastern Monarch Butterflies finish reaching their central Mexican overwintering sites starting in late-December.
  • Bald Eagles arrive from the North to overwinter.
  • This is a great time to teach chickadees and titmice to feed from your hand.
  • Watch for late waterfowl migrants such as Northern Shovelers, mergansers, Ruddy Ducks and Common Goldeneyes