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  • May is: ALS, American Wetlands, National Hamburger and BBQ , Cheese, National Pet and Guide Dog, Clean Air, Water Quality, Stroke Awareness and Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
  • May 8: First Quarter Moon, May 16:Full Moon, May 22: Last Quarter Moon, May 30: New Moon
  • May 1-7: National Family, Pet and Be Kind to Animals Week
  • May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 2-8: National Wildflower Week
  • May 5-6: Eta Aquarids meteor shower
  • May 8-16: Reading is Fun Week
  • May 9-15: National Hospital Week
  • May 16-22: American Craft Beer Week
  • May 22-28: Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
  • May 1: May Day and Lemonade Day
  • May 3: National Teacher Day
  • May 4: Star Wars Day May the Fourth Be With You
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo, Cartoonist’s Day
  • May 6: Nurses Day
  • May 7: Kentucky Derby and Spring Astronomy Day
  • May 8: Mother’s Day
  • May 8: Victory in Europe (VE) Day , Red Cross/Red Crescent Day
  • May 14: International Migratory Bird Day
  • May 16: National BBQ Day
  • May 20: Endangered Species and NASCAR Day
  • May 21: Preakness Stakes and Armed Forces Day
  • May 23: World Turtle Day
  • May 25 : National Wine Day
  • May 28: National Hamburger Day
  • May 30: Memorial Day
  • Hummingbirds and orioles have returned in quantity at the beginning of the month.
  • Warbler migration peaks early in May. Nearly 30 species will migrate through the region.
  • Sub-adult Purple Martins return to establish new colonies early in the month.
  • Yearling Purple Martins (previous year’s fledglings) arrive mid- to late-May.
  • Peak of warbler migration early to mid-month.
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, nighthawks, Wood Thrushes,
  • Veerys and Chimney Swifts return.
  • Peak of bird courtship. Listen for the morning chorus.
  • Nesting materials are being collected.
  • Chickadees and titmice become scarce at feeders as they nest and raise their young.
  • Mosquitoes can begin to be a problem late in the month.